The Yanks got just three hits again on Sunday, lost 2-0, and were swept this weekend by the Toronto Blue Jays. With the loss, the Yanks’ lead in the AL East has shrunk to 1 1/2 games. They are 61-49. Toronto is 61-52.
Masahiro Tanaka gave up just three hits in six innings, but two of those hits were home runs.
The Yanks’ bats have gone cold. In the last five games, four of them losses, the scores have been 1-2, 2-1, 1-2 (10 innings), 0-6 and now 0-2. Just four runs scored. Against the Jays this weekend, just one run scored.
It was the first time the Yanks were shut out in back-to-back games since May of 1999. That span of time passed was a major league record.
The Yanks are off today, then are in Cleveland for three games. Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club members will be there (not me). Hopefully they have better luck in seeing a Yankees’ victory than the Pinstripe Maniac club did on Saturday.
Next weekend the Yanks are in Toronto. Hopefully they can return the favor and sweep the Jays.
The Yanks are just 2-7 against the Blue Jays this year.
People criticize Stephen Drew for his batting average (.192) but here is something else to consider: Jacoby Ellsbury is down to .267. Ellsbury has hit just .175 since May 14 (31 games). Meanwhile, Brett Gardner is hitting .197 in his last 18 games.
We need these table setters to set the table, as well as Brian McCann (.187 in his last 32 games) to step it up in the middle of the lineup as well. It’s not just Drew.
Tanaka (L, 8-5, 3.79) 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 5 K.
Warren 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 1 HBP. 3.38 (3 batters, all reached)
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.43
Pinder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.81
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.06.
On Tuesday, the Yanks are hoping Luis Severino can be the stopper…. in just his second MLB game.
UPDATE: This stupid practice of throwing visiting team’s home run balls back onto the field has to stop. Brett Gardner was hit yesterday when a fan threw Bautista’s ball back on to the field. The outfielders have their backs to the stands and the fans. Someone can get hurt. Grow up and knock it off. Don’t want to keep the ball? Give it to a little kid.