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Tag Archives: Taillon
You get tired about writing about the same thing every day, but what can you do? The Yankees have to flip the script. They need to start hitting.
Sometime in 1965, as the Yankees’ dynasty was collapsing under manager Johnny Keane, GM Ralph Houk was asked about it. Houk responded with a chuckle, that you expect Mantle, Howard, Maris not to hit? Ford not to pitch? Just wait…..or something like that.
Well, as we know, and as Ralph found out, they didn’t. At least not close to their former success. Age and injuries caught up to them.
The question, 1/3 of the way into this season, is this. To quote an old Peggy Lee song, “Is that all there is?”. Is this what the Yankees offense actually is and will be for the rest of the season? If so, it isn’t nearly good enough.
Yesterday was another feeble performance by the offense, as the Yankees (29-25, 3rd, 5 1/2 out) scored just one run in a 3-1 loss to their nemesis, Tampa Bay. The Rays have beaten the Yanks 20 of their last 27 games, including last year’s ALDS. The Rays are hot, having won 16 of their last 17 games.
James Taillon wasn’t good, but he wasn’t terrible, either. He gave up 3 runs in 5 innings–one in the third, fourth and fifth— and the bullpen tossed 4 scoreless innings. Giving up just 3 runs a game is very good, unless you have a team (like the Yankees now) who can’t score 3 runs a game.
The only Yankees’ run came on Miguel Andujar’s first HR of the season, in the seventh inning.
Andujar had two of the Yanks’ five hits in the game. Stanton hasn’t had a hit since coming off the IL. Gio Urshela is now in a slump.
Andujar 2 hits, solo HR.
Taillon (L, 1-4) 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. 5.10 gave up 1 HR.
Luetge 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.45
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.67 (combined SF/NYY ERA)
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.15
There is so much extra pressure on the pitchers now, knowing they don’t have much to work with as far as run support. The Yanks need to start hitting, or as mentioned above, “Is that all there is?”