The Yanks (89-54) are hearing footsteps.
By losing to Seattle, 3-2 today, the Yanks lead over Oakland for the top wild card spot shrunk to 2 1/2 games.
Time to get nervous, Yankees fans.
What killed the Yanks today was that they were 2 for 15 w/RISP.
This team doesn’t bunt, as I mentioned at our recent Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club Meeting. 10 sacrifices all year. I mentioned that in the old days, Phil Rizzuto would have had that many at the All-Star break. (Rizzuto led the majors 1949-1952).
In 1930, Babe Ruth (BABE RUTH!) had 21 sacrifice bunts. Lou Gehrig had at least 10 each season from 1925-1930, including 21 for the great 1927 squad. Joe DiMaggio had 6 in 1939.
As recently as 2004, Derek Jeter had 16. That is 6 more than the WHOLE YANKEES TEAM has this season.
The game has changed, and not for the better. Instead of a well-rounded team, you have teams that rely strictly on the HR, don’t hit-and-run, can’t steal bases and don’t bunt runners over. Sound familiar?
MeanwAnhile, Seattle won the game because they DID bunt a runner over.
The Yanks scored in the top of the first when Stanton and Andujar had back-to-back doubles.
But after getting the first two guys out in the bottom of the first, CC gave up four straight singles. Two runs. Seattle up 2-1.
Now, for a rookie manager, I think Boone has done a good job. How can you argue with 89-54? But….
I realize he was hired to project more calm as opposed to Girardi’s tenseness. But still, there are times when you have to light a fire under the team and bitch them out if necessary.
Girardi’s strength was bullpen management. Some of Boone’s bullpen decisions I question.
But I think the most questions I have regarding Boone is his lineups. Nothing consistent, and the biggest problem I have is this:
Why does he continue to bat Gary Sanchez 4th (as he did today) or 5th in the lineup? Sanchez is now hitting .181 on the season. What other manager bats a guy hitting .180 something 4th or 5th in the lineup? When will Boone ride the hot hand and have Voit cleanup, Torres 5th and have Sanchez and Walker 6th or 7th, instead of Sanchez 4th and Walker 5th?
Here are the numbers and today’s lineup. Batting averages as of the game’s finish.
4th. Sanchez .181 (PR for by Wade later, Romine finishing the game).
5th. Walker .221
6th. Voit .306
7th. Torres .280
Now, based on that, who should be batting 4 and 5, and who should be hitting 6 and 7?
Three singles and a bases-loaded walk to McCutchen tied the game in the fourth. But they had the bases loaded, no out and only scored that one run. No bunt by Hechevarria or Gardner with the bases loaded, and Stanton grounded out.
Voit doubled to lead off the sixth. He was left stranded. Torres nor Hechevarria with a bunt.
In the bottom of the eighth, a walk, steal, sac bunt and fielder’s choice brought in the winning run for Seattle.
Littleball, which the Yanks need to employ.
You can’t just rely on the HR. They didn’t get any today, and lost 3-2 as a result.
Andujar 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 hits (once again, why him 6th, and .181 Sanchez 4th?)
Sabathia 5 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K. 3.54
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.54
Betances (L, 4-5, 2.56) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.