CC Sabathia pitched great today but got no support, offensively and in one case, defensively, from his teammates as the Yanks lost 3-1 to Toronto Thursday afternoon.
Starlin Castro homered (6) in the first to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead, but the Yanks only got four hits all game.
In the third, CC gave up the only two hits he would allow, but they followed an error by Didi. He also walked a batter that inning, and Toronto scored two unearned runs—the only runs they would need.
Aroldis Chapman gave up a run in the ninth.
The Yanks’ pitching entered the game with an ERA+ about league average. It has improved over the last couple of weeks.
But the OPS+ by the offense was a 90 entering the game and got worse. That means the offense is some 10% below league average. The lineup has to pick it up. Having Betances, Miller and Chapman means nothing if you can’t get them a lead.
Gardner is at .228. Teix, A-Rod, and Hicks are all under .200. So is Ackley. Headley is .223. They really don’t have anyone over .280, unless you count a backup like Torreyes.
That must improve. Otherwise, good outings like this will be wasted. The Yanks were at .240 going into this game and got just four hits. The bats must awaken.
Sabathia (L, 3-3, 2.83) 7 IP, 2 R, BOTH UNEARNED, 2 H, 1 walk, 7 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.01
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.25
Mark Teixeira and Chasen Shreve will be out a while with injuries. Shreve is on the DL. Richard Bleier has been called up from SWB where he was 2-2, 2.57.
The Yanks are now 22-24.