Los Angeles, CA
Thank God for the K.C. Royals. If they didn't go 2-8 in the last week or so, the Yankees (31-25) would be the worst team in baseball over the last two weeks. The Yanks only won 3 out of their last 11 games and they finished last week with an ugly 1-6 record and quickly dropped out of first place in the AL East and currently trail Boston by 3 games. It seems like every one else is playing their best baseball (Boston, Baltimore, and Tampa are all 7-3 over the last 10 games) while the Yanks look the worst they've looked all season long.
The Yanks dropped two of three to the Red Sox, which stung because the games were in the Bronx. The Yanks also lost all four games (home-and-home subway series) to the Mets. I saw an internet meme that said "Don't worry, the Mets beat up on the Scranton Yankees." Joking aside, it was an ugly series. Even Mo Rivera got beat up.
Mo Rivera was due for a blown save. It's part of the mathematical harmony of the universe. He was playing too flawless and the baseball gods gave him a rare dose of reality as he blew his first save f the year after starting the season a perfect 18 for 18. The good news is that Mo stays on pace, he won't blow another save until late July the Yanks can expect stellar performance from Mo through the All-Star Break. Then again, if the Yanks can't hit and they continue to post multiple shutouts and 1-run every other day, then Mo will never get any save opportunities.
It's been feast or famine for the Yanks. When they score runs, it's backed up with solid starting and impeccable bullpen. When they lose... they tend to lose badly...either in blow out fashion (e,g, 11-a spanking to Boston) or ugly (e.g. 1-0 shutout to Mets). In five out of the Yanks last six losses, they score 1 or fewer runs. The Yanks only scored 11 runs in 7 games last week.
Girardi has been playing with house money all of April and May. It was inevitable that his hodge-podge crew of Robbie Cano, unknown rubes, and washed up vets managed to stay afloat for so long. Heck, they even led the AL East for almost two weeks! For a good stretch in May, the Yanks were in the Top 5 wins overall for all of baseball. So the scrubs hit the wall this past week. A collapse was inevitable. The good news is that the Calvary is arriving. The first on the scene was Mark Teixeira. Youk returned as well, but who knows when Jeter and A-Roid will be ready. At this point, I hope A-Roid never plays another game in pinstripes, and I'd like to see Jeter make a run at 4K hits, so the only way he'll be able to do that is probably shut it down the rest of the season and come back 110% next spring. Of course, Jeter won't do that. He'll be back but I'm afraid he won't be 100% and be prone to another re-injury.
The Yanks hit the skids. Let's hope they can put this bad week behind them and bounce back by focusing on winning their next series at home before they go on a lengthy West Coast sojourn. The Yanks desperately need a slump buster.
On Deck: The Yanks host a three-game series in the Bronx against Cleveland. The Yanks are 3-1 against the Indians this year and feasted off their pitching. They could have not asked for a better opponent right now. Then on they embark on a 10-game West Coast road trip which includes four games in Seattle (Thursday thru Sunday), and three games each next week in Oakland and in Anaheim against the Angels. The A's are the hottest team in baseball, so the Yanks have a week to get their shit together before they take on the A's next Tuesday.