The Yanks continued their slump, and hopefully they start a winning streak soon or else not only will a playoff spot slip out of their hands, but they may fall under .500.
The last time the Yanks finished below .500 was in 1992.
On a day when it was confirmed that both Michael Pineda and Greg Bird will be undergoing surgery, the Yanks lost to the Twins 4-2. That dropped their record to 47-44. They are 9-21 in their last 30 games.
Aaron Judge has been in a slump since winning the HR Derby during the All Star break. He’s something like 1 for 21 since the break. He isn’t the only Yankee who has lost a lot of points off his batting average lately. The team’s OPS+ has dropped from around 110 to 104 now.
Hopefully they turn it around soon.
Bryan Mitchell started in place of the injured Pineda and was decent enough, giving up two runs, one earned, in five innings.
Down 2-0 in the fifth, the Yanks got one run back on doubles by Garrett Cooper and Austin Romine.
In the seventh, they tied the game on doubles by Chase Headley and Cooper.
For Cooper, it was the best day of his MLB career so far. Just brought up last week, Cooper went into the game 1 for 10, but went 3 for 4 with two doubles & an RBI. Fellow rookie Clint Frazier had two doubles.
Caleb Smith made his MLB debut and pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh. Joe Girardi pushed his luck with the rookie and paid for it when Smith gave up two runs in the eighth. Maybe a more experienced veteran wasn’t available for the eighth (esp. after that 16 inning affair Saturday and the DH Sunday) and Girardi stated that his hands were tied and options limited, but you were wondering about a kid making his MLB debut pitching the eighth inning of a 2-2 game, and going into his third inning of work. After pitching two scoreless innings, Smith got burned in the eighth, giving up two runs and taking the loss in his MLB debut.
Mitchell 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 2 K. 4.29
Smith (L, 0-1, 6.00) 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Trade rumors are heating up regarding the A’s and 1B Yonder Alonso. You wonder if RHP Sonny Gray may also be involved, since with the Pineda injury and the DH Sunday, the Yanks are forced to start Mitchell & Cessa in back to back games.