Some people are blaming Aaron Boone. It isn’t Aaron Boone. Boone isn’t the reason Giancarlo Stanton’s batting average has dropped 20-25 points in the past few weeks, and he isn’t the reason Sanchez and Bird are hitting under .200.
The players have to look in the mirror.
Maybe hitting coach Marcus Thames shares some blame but it is the players who need to get it done.
The good news tonight is that Luis Severino started to resemble again the Severino we saw at the beginning of the year.
The bad news is that the Yanks (90-56) didn’t get a hit until the eighth inning, and that any chance the Yanks might pull the game out late was flushed away by David Robertson.
The last time the Yanks were no-hit was in 2003, but it took six pitchers by Houston to do it after starter Roy Oswalt left with an injury. The last time a single pitcher no-hit the Yanks was almost sixty years ago to the day, 9-20-1958, by Hoyt Wilhelm of Baltimore.
Entering the bottom of the sixth, there was one hit in the whole game, and that was by the Twins.
Severino gave up a run in the sixth.
Robertson gave up two in the seventh.
Meanwhile, the Yanks were getting no-hit. With one out in the eighth, Voit walked, Bird doubled and the no-hitter and shutout were both gone.
But that was it. Andujar got a hit in the ninth, but two hits all game. Very tired bats.
Sad to say, but Stanton looks tired and lost right now. Down to .264.
The failures of Sanchez (.186) and Bird (.196) aren’t on Boone right now. The only thing Boone can do is drop them in the lineup or not play them at all. He cannot hit for them.
They have to look at themselves in the mirror and get pissed off at what they are seeing.
The Yanks’ lead for the top WC spot is down to just one game because Oakland beat the Bad News Bears (AKA the 41-104 Baltimore Orioles) tonight. If the Yanks have to rely on a 41-104 team to help them out…. well, you get the picture. Get things done yourself.
Severino (L, 17-8, 3.46) 5 2/ 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Robertson 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.98. Poor job keeping the Yanks in the game.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.71 (Balt/NYY).
Chance Adams up from SWB.