For the second game in a row, the Yankees went 0 for 12 with RISP. As a result, they lost to Seattle 3-2. The loss, the Yanks’ fourth in a row, dropped them to 4-6.
While it is too early to panic, perhaps a couple changes should be made to shake things up a bit. Starlin Castro, who was 3 for 5 today and is hitting .342, and Carlos Beltran, who drove in both Yankees runs with a double and a HR, and who is at .351 after a 4-hit day today, are the Yankees hottest hitters right now. Meanwhile, the usual #3 and #4 hitters, A-Rod and Teixeira, are at .100 and .200 right now. A-Rod is now 3 for 30 and was 0 for 5 today with three strikeouts.
Maybe put Castro and Beltran 3-4, drop Teix to 5, split Teix and Alex with McCann 6 and A-Rod 7 until things change and someone else gets hot or goes cold? But for now, why not get your hottest hitters 3 and 4? That would be Castro and Beltran.
Gardner is showing signs of snapping out of it with two hits today, but Ellsbury is at .209.
Also, Headley is at.154 and made an error today. In limited time, Ronald Torreyes is 6 for 9. Torreyes doesn’t have the power Headley does, but right now, the Yanks need to do the little things and not wait for the HR. Steal, hit and run, move runners up. Anything to keep from those 0 for 12 with RISP games like last night and today.
In the third, Teix walked and Beltran doubled him home to put the Yanks up 1-0.
Seattle scored all their runs in the fifth. CC gave up a HR to Leonys Martin which tied the game. Then, with two out and a man on first, Jacoby Ellsbury was caught napping a bit. Katel Marte was running on the pitch when Robbie Cano singled, and he scored all the way from first….shades of Enos Slaughter’s mad dash in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series. Cano went to second on the throw and scored on a double by Nelson Cruz.
Beltran’s third HR of the year, #395 career, made it 3-2 in the seventh, but that was it.
Sabathia (L, 1-1, 5.06) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Barbato 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K,. 0.00.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.. 0.00
The bullpen of Barbato (so far, a rookie revelation), Shreve, Betances and Miller have been good, and that should improve once Chapman joins the team.
The starters have to do better, though. Through two turns around, the only starter with an ERA less than 5.00 is Tanaka at 3.38.
It’s early. Too soon to panic, but not too soon for a couple tweaks after a 4-6 start.
UPDATE: Girardi has made some moves today, Sunday. Beltran moves up to 3. A-Rod dropped to 6th. Teix stays at 4, McCann 5. Castro is 7th (wish he were higher) and Torreyes is at 3B, batting 9th. So some tweaking I suggested is in play today, Sunday for Game 11.