Michael Pineda gave up 3 runs in the first inning, and the Yanks never recovered in losing to the Kansas City Royals, 8-5, on Monday night.
Pineda’s struggles, and Eovaldi’s injury that will cost him the rest of this year and all of 2017, have me believing that the Yanks will be making a trade for a starter this offseason. I do say trade, because the free agent market is weak.
The Yanks got a run in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Gregorius and Castro, but the bullpen let the game get away in the seventh, when KC scored five to make it 8-1.
Pineda started the inning by giving up a pair of singles, but then the bullpen let those runners—and more—score.
The Yanks tried to come back, scoring four in the eighth. Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference (for the 11th time this year, extending his MLB record) and Hicks walked. Sanchez was HBP to load the bases. Gregorius doubled in two, and Castro hit a SF. After a groundout, Headley singled to make it 8-5, but that was it.
Pineda (L, 6-11, 5.12) 6+ IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 8 K.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.44 (Bos/NYY)
Parker 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50 (Sea/NYY)
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 5.40.
I wish Girardi would throw away the book and stop using LOOGY’s. Layne got his guy. Then Joe went matchups and got burned by Parker. Guy does well, leave him in.
The Yanks fall to 67-63. 32 games left to go. They are in 4th place in the division, 7 1/2 out. They are 3 1/2 out of the second WC spot, but must jump 5 teams.
I think to get there, they better be looking at going 23-9 the rest of the way. I don’t think anything less will do it. That will mean 90 wins. I don’t think 87 (20-12 from here on out) will be sufficient.