The Yanks are off today.
Aaron Boone should have a mandatory practice at the stadium today to work on fundamentals and to rip his team for a stinker of a performance last night.
Losing 9-1 to the MARLINS?
There was enough blame to go around. Masahiro Tanaka was terrible, so was Giancarlo Stanton. Poor starting pitching, lack of clutch hitting, two errors (could have been three), a PB, a WP… all against probably the worst team in baseball.
Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe the Yanks will heat up and become more consistent when the weather heats up. But sooner rather than later. Maybe the rain outs over the weekend made Tanaka rusty. They didn’t hurt Severino.
But no excuses. This cannot continue.
Before the game, Kahnle to the DL with shoulder tendonitis and Cessa brought up.
Update: Cessa pitched, but strained an oblique and is headed to the DL.
Tanaka gave up three runs in the top of the first. An error by Didi didn’t help matters. Miami got another run in the second to go up 4-0, and an error by Tyler Austin didn’t help there.
Meanwhile, in the bottom of the first, Gardner and Judge walked. The Yanks could get back into the game but Stanton GIDP. In the third, with one out and Gardner and Judge on base (both walked again) Stanton popped up. The next two times up, Stanton struck out. The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP. There are hints of Stanton being dropped in the order.
The Yanks drew seven walks in the game but were getting no-hit for a while. They only got four hits in the game, and the only highlight of the game for the Yanks came with two out in the bottom of the ninth when Miguel Andujar hit his first MLB HR. He had two of the hits and seems to be finally heating up.
Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR in the fifth that basically iced the game for Miami. Miami got two more in the eighth.
Tanaka (L, 2-2, 6.45) 5 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.50
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.16
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.72
Besides Stanton off to a bad start, Sanchez, who seems to be heating up, got off to a bad start, same with Wade, Walker, Andujar (finally heating up), Tanaka’s last two outings haven’t been good, Gray’s ERA is 6.92, higher than Tanaka’s, the bullpen hasn’t been as advertised.
Yes, there have been injuries, but…
It’s early, but things need to change soon. Last night was unacceptable, and against one of the worst teams in the majors.
Imagine this type of performance against, say, Houston.
A day off. A day to regroup. A day to right the ship.
There is too much talent here to be this inconsistent and to be like this at 8-8. Start turning it around.