Let’s face it. It’s been hard and depressing to watch, read or write about.
From 16-6 to 21-21. Five losses in a row. Seven in the last eight games. 15 losses in the last 20 games. All in a 60 game season.
The Yanks haven’t had a losing season since 1992. There are only 18 games left. What are the odds of that streak ending?
The Yankees are clinging to the eighth and final playoff seed by 1/2 a game over…. Baltimore. Unfathomable. Even if they hold on, guess who the Yanks would play in the first round? Tampa Bay, against whom they went 2-8 this season.
And if not for the expanded CCP playoffs of this year, fuhgeddaboutit.
GM Brian Cashman had a pregame meeting with the team, but the Yanks still went out and lost to Toronto, 2-1.
J.A. Happ did his job, making just one mistake in giving up a 2-run HR. I question pitch selection again here. Gameday suggests five straight fastballs with the fifth one being the HR. Mix it up a little? The same with the game before where Chad Green threw nine or ten straight fastballs. It makes me scratch my head.
The YES network, on the postgame show, is criticizing players for mental mistakes. Maybe some of it is pressing, like swinging at the first pitch after the pitcher has thrown X many balls in a row.
That two-run HR given up by Happ came in the second inning and was all the Blue Jays needed. The Yanks only got five hits in the game, two by Miguel Andujar.
With two out in the first inning, the Yanks loaded the bases on three straight walks but Mike Tauchman flied out.
They had first and second, one out in the second and didn’t score. Second and third with two out, same inning.
Two on, two out in the fourth, couldn’t score. The chances were there.
The only run came in the fifth. Luke Voit and Aaron Hicks singled, Clint Frazier walked. Bases loaded, no out. No advance on a flyout by Gleyber Torres. Mike Tauchman hit a SF. But only one run out of it.
The Yanks were 0 for 7 w/RISP and left 10 on.
Andujar 2 hits
Happ (L, 1-2; 4.31) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.
King 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.14
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.77
Happ is pitching much better after a terrible start to the season. But is it too late?
Gene Budig, the last AL president before the NL and AL offices were consolidated under the Commissioner in the late 1990’s, has passed away, age 81.