Be mad. Be very mad. Because I am, and we have a right to be mad.
There is no way the Yanks should lose 2 of 3 to a poor Texas team (20-31).
There is no way they should give up 23 runs in 3 games to a team that going into tonight’s game had a .224 team batting average, worst in the AL. A team that struck out more times than any other AL team, had the 2nd worst OBP, the worst slugging average, the worst OPS, and whose OPS+ was 80 (20% below league average).
There is no way they should blow a 4-0 lead, and later, a 10-5 lead, against this team.
But they did, and now the Yanks find themselves at 31-15, and 1 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East.
The biggest fear we have as Yankees’ fans is this: that the Yanks go something like 104-58 this season, but Boston goes 105-57. That forces the Yanks into that sudden-death, single-game wild card game in which anything could happen. You don’t want that.
To avoid that, you can’t lose two of three or blow games like they did tonight to teams like Texas.
In the first, Didi hit a 2-run HR (11), and Austin Romine drew a base-loaded walk to put the Yanks up 3-0.
Neil Walker homered (2) in the third to make it 4-0.
But in the bottom of the fourth, CC spit the bit, giving up 2 HR and 5 runs.
The Yanks got six in the top of the fifth to go back up, 10-5. Romine single, Gleyber 3-run HR (8) and Judge 2-run HR (13).
But CC gave back 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Yanks gave him 4-0 and 10-5 leads, and he couldn’t even go 5 to qualify for a win. 10-7 Yanks.
I haven’t criticized Aaron Boone all year but here I have to. Jonathan Holder finished the fifth for CC. 2/3 IP, Hit and two outs. 10 of 14 pitches for strikes.
He gets pulled. In comes the bullpen, Shreve and Robertson (later Betances) all sucked.
Why not leave Holder in for another inning? When you go to different members of your bullpen, eventually you find the guy who has NOTHING.
I’ve said it before and will say it again.
Guy is doing well, LEAVE HIM IN THERE. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
It’s hard right now determining who has been the most disappointing guy out of the bullpen this year. Kahnle (on DL for a while now), Robertson, or Betances.
Shreve and Robertson combined to give up 4 in the sixth to give the Rangers an 11-10 lead.
Betances gave up a run in the eighth when a batter reached on a WP after a K (how many times have we seen THAT this year), then Betances compounds matters with an E on a pickoff attempt, then a SB because Betances can’t hold runners on, then a single to make it 12-10, then another SB. At least Betances then got out of it with another run not being scored.
Every member in the starting lineup for the Yanks got a hit. Five members got 2 hits. 10 runs, 14 hits. 4 HR.
All against one of, if not the WORST hitting teams in the league.
No excuse for losing tonight. None.
Poor pitching. Unacceptable.
Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.55
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.60. Why pull him?
Shreve (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15
Robertson (BS, 4; L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Betances 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.71. WP
4 blown saves already for Robertson.
ERAs over 4 (not good for bullpen guys) for Shreve, Robertson and Betances (not to mention Kahnle, coming off the DL soon).
The Yanks are off Thursday. Some of the pitchers should do some contemplating and readjustments.