With a 5-1 loss to the Mets, the Yanks’ focus should now probably be on securing the #1 wild card spot to ensure that the one-game wild card playoff is played at Yankee Stadium.
Because with the loss tonight and a Toronto win, the Yanks are now 4 1/2 behind Toronto with just 16 games left. Not impossible to overcome, but highly unlikely. The magic # to make it into the wild card game remains at 12.
One problem is that Houston has been overtaken by Texas. Meaning that even though the one-game WC playoff may be at home, that the Yanks may be facing Dallas Kuechel of Houston, who is an AL CYA candidate, is 17-5, 2.56, and who is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00 vs. the Yanks this year.
One tough lefty. Then again, you never know in a one-game sudden-death playoff.
I mentioned to a friend (a Mets fan) before the game started tonight that Tanaka may have to throw a shutout in order for the Yanks to win, such was the Yankees’ lineup.
No A-Rod (NL park, no DH). No McCann (day game tomorrow after night game and best to play him tomorrow vs. a righty than tonight against a lefty). No Ellsbury, benched for Young. No Drew, benched for Ryan.
So the lineup starting the game tonight was Gardner CF, Headley 3B, Beltran RF, Young LF ( yes, Young cleanup), Bird 1B, Murphy C, Gregorius SS, Ryan 2B and Tanaka P.
Seems like a spring training B-squad lineup. No offense.
The Yanks got a SF from Young in the first but nothing thereafter.
Tanaka didn’t pitch badly, six innings, two mistakes for two solo HR, but as I mentioned, with that lineup he needed to pitch a shutout.
In the seventh, Chasen Shreve, who has been struggling recently, gave up a two-run HR and the game was basically over at that point.
Shreve’s and Betances’ recent struggles have me worried.
Tanaka (L, 12-7, 3.38) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.67.
Pinder 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.70
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Bailey 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H 0 walks and 0 K. 6. 00