The Yanks’ eight-game winning streak was snapped last night when they lost 5-4 to Boston. The loss puts the Yanks at 26-11 and in a first-place tie with the Red Sox.
Time to start a new streak.
The Yanks have still won 17 of their last 19 games.
One problem that reared its head in last night’s loss was a limited bullpen. Some guys weren’t available. Manager Aaron Boone tried to squeeze an extra inning out of Dellin Betances and it backfired (barely) on him.
The problem is this: Tommy Kahnle and Adam Warren are on the DL. A.J. Cole and David Hale are starters who are in the bullpen and never used. Cole and Hale have each appeared in just one game as Yankees. So even though there are eight guys in the bullpen (taking away a bench player), Boone is operating like it is a six-man bullpen. There doesn’t seem to be much trust in Cole or Hale.
And why should there be? Hale has pitched in two games this year. For the Yanks, one game, two scoreless innings. For the Twins, one game, gave up 4 runs in 3 IP. Since 2014, he has started in 12 games, relieved in nine more, and is 5-5, 6.33.
As for Cole, he got in one game as a Yankee, two scoreless innings. But before this year, with Washington, he started two games, relieved in two more, and was 1-1, 13.06. In his MLB career, 28 starts, 12 relief appearances, Cole is 7-12, 5.22.
I don’t think Boone trusts either in a big spot and is saving them for blowouts. They seem to be just biding time until Warren and Kahnle return from the DL.
But you wonder. If that’s all they are doing, why isn’t someone up from the minors? Don’t they trust some youngster down there?
To the game. CC didn’t have it. He gave up a run in the first and two in the third. Mookie Betts was a thorn in his side. In the bottom of the fourth, the Yanks loaded the bases with one out but couldn’t score. It would bite them later, as they lost by one run.
CC gave up a HR to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth to make it 4-0 Boston, then came a rain delay. He was done.
From one long-hair with braids guy named Ramirez (Manny) to another (Hanley) who plays for Boston and kills the Yanks. Sheesh.
The Yanks only got five hits all night, two by Gleyber Torres.
In the seventh the Yanks tied it up. With one out, Andujar and Torres both singled. Walker, PH for Torreyes, walked. After a pitching change, Gardner walked in a run, and Judge singled one in. Didi brought home a run with a force out to make it 4-3 and Gardner scored on a WP that tied the game.
It didn’t last long. Betances, with Boone trying to stretch him out for two innings, gave up a HR to J.D. Martinez in the top of the eighth that just cleared the fence in right. Aaron Judge missed catching it by maybe a foot. 5-4 Boston, the final score.
History shows that Betances isn’t as good in the second inning. Now with the Yanks scoring four in the bottom of the seventh, he did have to wait a while on the bench before going back out there. But you wonder, is he just a one-inning guy or will Boone keep trying to push him? Based on last night’s post-game interview, it appears that Boone will try to keep pushing him for now.
The Yanks got two on with two out in the bottom of the eighth, but Walker struck out looking.
Sabathia 4+ IP, 4 R, 9 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.23
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.76
Betances (L, 1-2, 5.63) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.14