This has been the story of the Yankees’ season in 2014—a good pitching performance sabotaged by an underperforming, often non-existent offense. The OPS+ is 94, the ERA + 104. That more or less tells you a lot. (100 is average, the higher the better).
Tampa Bay scored with two out in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Yanks 1-0 Monday night.
Last time out, Chris Capuano only got one out. This time, he pitched six shutout, two-hit innings in lowering his overall ERA to 4.55. 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 walks and 4 K.
Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 3.21.
Shawn Kelley (L, 3-6, 4.20) took the loss. 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
The Yanks got just six hits in the game. Derek Jeter, 0 for his last 24, was given the day off.
With the loss, and Baltimore’s win, the inevitable finally happened, the Yanks were eliminated from winning the division. As far as that final playoff spot goes, they are now six back with 13 to go and must jump over four teams to do so. Although not mathematically eliminated yet, you can stick a fork in them. Just being realistic, here.
At 76-73, it is looking more and more likely that the Yanks won’t match last year’s record of 85-77, and will wind up with their worst season since 1992, which was their last season under .500. They have to win six of the remaining 13 games to finish above .500.
If they can get hot, they could pass Toronto (and yes, the Yanks do have games left against the Blue Jays) for second place in the division. Small consolation, since the second place won’t come with a wild card berth.
In related news, Mark Newman is stepping down as Farm Director, and Masahiro Tanaka threw five innings in instructional league. Tanaka may be back this weekend.