The Yanks lost to Houston Wednesday afternoon, and coupled with Toronto’s blowout of Texas later that night, fell two games behind Toronto in the AL East, at 69-57. The Yanks still are one of the AL Wild Card teams as of now.
While Toronto’s offense has been clicking, the Yanks’ offense has been sputtering (see some stats below). With the 6-2 loss to Houston, the Yanks scored just four runs in the three games vs. Houston.
Michael Pineda, in his return from an injury, was ok for the first four innings, giving up just one run, but imploded in the fifth, giving up four runs.
The only runs the Yanks got were on a 2-run HR by Didi Gregorius (6) in the seventh. The Yanks got just five hits.
Pineda (L, 9-8, 4.19) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1.97
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.53
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.21
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.70
Before the game, Goody was brought up and Pineda activated. Rumbelow was sent down and Capuano was DFAd for the fourth time in a month. Goody was sent back down after the game, but I see no corresponding move.
Jacoby Ellsbury has a sore hip from trying to make a diving catch the other night. He missed this game. Teix is still sore with that bone bruise in his leg.
Some slumping Yankees need to revive themselves for the stretch run.
After striking out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day this year, Pineda was 5-0, 2.72. Since then he is 4-8, 5.09. That won’t get it done. Pineda is an enigma. So much talent, but….
The Yanks are off today. They are in Atlanta this weekend, meaning no DH and no A-Rod. Since turning 40 on July 27, A-Rod has been slumping, hitting just .181. Since June 23, Brian McCann has been hitting .205.
A-Rod and the 35-year-old Teixeira had carried the team most of the year. With Alex slumping (age? Dog Days of August?) and Teixeira nursing that bone bruise, the rest of the offense needs to pick it up, especially since Alex won’t be available this weekend except for PH duties.
Some people are calling for Aaron Judge to be brought up, but the 23-year-old prospect is hitting under .240 at AAA after starting the year hitting .284 at AA. Let him hit in AAA first before bringing him up. Besides, where would he play? RF? Beltran is one of the guys hitting right now. LF for the slumping Gardner (.197 in his last 34 games)? I don’t see it.
Some guys just have to pick it up, and these guys have multi-year deals, meaning they are here next year and in some cases, beyond.
Hopefully they get hot in September.