The Yanks are off today. If ever a team needed a day off, it is them right now.
Deja vu all over again.
Once again, the Yanks had a lead in Fenway. Once again, they blew it. Once again, a reliever doing well gets pulled because the manager goes by the book, and the new reliever loses the game. Once again Hanley Ramirez killed the Yanks.
The Yanks’ 5-4 loss to Boston Sunday night was their fourth in a row to Boston, as Boston swept the weekend series. It was the Yanks’ fifth loss in a row overall and dropped them to 77-72.
What really hurts is that these losses were winnable games where the Yanks had leads and blew them, made bad pitching decisions, or as in the loss to the Dodgers that started the losing streak, made errors that gave the game away.
With 13 games to go, the fourth place Yanks are 8 games out of the division lead, and 4 games out of a wild card. They need to jump 4 teams to make the wild card, and although they aren’t mathematically eliminated, you can stick a fork in them.
The Yanks brought up Donovan Solano to replace Starlin Castro, who may be done for the season with a hamstring injury. Jacoby Ellsbury will miss a few games with a bruised knee. Solano got his first MLB hit in the game.
SWB plays El Paso in a one-game playoff Tuesday night. International League champ vs. Pacific Coast League champ. I don’t know who SWB has anymore. Most of their guys are now up with the Yanks. SWB still has Parmalee, Cave, Frazier, Higashioka, Payton…. some guys are up from AA just to fill out the roster.
As for the game, the Yanks got a run in the first on an RBI single by Didi.This came after a double by Gardner, two strikeouts and a walk to Butler.
Gary Sanchez hit his 16th HR of the year to make it 2-0 in the third. What a beast.
The Yanks went up 4-0 in the fourth. Solano singled, Mason Williams doubled. Refsnyder walked to load the bases. Gardner drove in one run with a force out. Torreyes drove in another run with a forceout.
Then the roof caved in. Again. Once again the Yanks built a lead, and didn’t score the rest of the game. Once again they blew the lead and the game.
CC gave up a 3-run HR to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth. 4-3.
Three straight singles in the sixth tied the game for Boston and CC was gone. Once again, a Yankees starter couldn’t go deep in the game.
Blake Parker came in, finished the sixth, gave up no more runs, and struck out two.
And once again, Girardi pulls a reliever who just pitched well, goes to his binder, brings in another reliever (Clippard in this case) and that reliever blows the game. Clippard gave up a HR to Ramirez (his 2nd of the game). 5-4 Boston, and it would stay that way.
As I said, I like Girardi as a manager, think he is a good one, but I have two quibbles with him. 1) He never bunts or is aggressive. You don’t see Billyball. The Yanks don’t bunt, squeeze, steal often enough, or hit and run. 2) He goes by the book (or binder) too much. Go with your eyes and gut, Joe. You see a pitcher doing well, leave him in there for more than one batter or one inning.
You hate writing about these kinds of losses or harping on something, but if this is how it is every game, what can you do? Things need to change.
These last few games have been like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Same s***, different day.
Boy do they (and we fans) need this day off.
If the old man, the Boss, were still alive, hoo boy. Would the s*** hit the fan after a four-game sweep in Fenway in late September to kill off your postseason hopes. Especially with some questionable moves.
Sabathia 5+ IP, 4 R, 8 H, 3 walks, 5 K. 4.19 Gave up 1 HR
Parker 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.93 (Sea/NYY)
Clippard (L, 3-4, 3.12; Az/NYY) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Layne 1 IP,0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.27 (Bos/NYY)
What do you know. Layne can actually pitch to more than one batter.
I’d like to see what Mason Williams can do from here on out. He had two hits last night.
Gut feeling: Gardner and/or McCann get shopped this offseason for a starting pitcher.