Los Angeles, CA
|Things looking dark for the Yankees if they continue to not drive in runs...|
The Yankees (41-34) completed a break-even week (3-3) against the L.A. Dodgers and Tampa Rays. The Yanks are holding steady in third place, but are within 2.5 games of the front-running Red Sox. The Yanks better get their shit together. Fast. The Toronto Blue Jays are in the middle of a torrid 11-game winning streak and escaped from the AL cellar. Meanwhile, the Yanks are a couple of losses away from rocking the basement. Only five games separate the best/worst in the AL East, which looks like the toughest and tightest division in the majors.
The Yanks were happy to return to the Bronx and host a brief two-game series against the L.A. Dodgers. Alas, the first game was rained out and they were forced to play a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. I was shocked to find out that was the Dodgers first trip to the Bronx since the 1981 World Series. Plus Don Mattingly returned, albeit as the manager of the Dodgers. I'm hoping Donnie Baseball get the nod as the next skipper (and a shot at a title) when Girardi burns out or gets run out of town.
The Yanks beat the Dodgers in the opening game of the doubleheader 6-4 and continued to remain undefeated (23-0) when they score 5 or more runs. Yet, their offensive woes killed them once again and they dropped the second game 6-0. Yeah, another ugly shutout.
In their last 7 losses, the Yanks have only scored 12 runs. In the last 15 losses (spread out over four weeks), the Yanks only scored 25 runs. That's an average of only 1.6 runs during those dry outings.
The Yanks split a doubleheader against one of the worst teams in the NL West, and then split a four-game series against Tampa. The Yanks dropped the opening game 8-3 when Andy Pettitte got rocked and looked washed up. The Yanks bounced back and won the next two game when they exploded for 6 and 7 runs. CC got his 8th win and Mo notched his 26 save. He's still on pace for 54!
Sunday was the fan favorite Old Timers Day but even the ghosts of Yankees past could not secure the Yanks a win. Ivan Nova pitched great, but the bullpen blew a 1-1 tie late in the game. The Yanks lost a heartbreaker 3-1 in a game they should have won... if they got any run support. Same old story.
The Yanks better figure out how to manufacture runs fast, otherwise, Cashman better get on the phone and start wheeling and dealing for a big bat.
The Yanks got more bad news this past week about injuries. Another bad beat for a team decimated with injuries team. Youk is having back surgery and probably dunzo for the season. Tex is out indefinitely and they say he'll be back at some point, but he's probably dunzo for the season. Granderson is still out with a broken hand but expected to return. Jeter has been rehabbing and his return is imminent. Which is vital because the Yanks have a bunch of AA bushers out there. And who cares about A-Roid? Fuck that clown.
If the Yanks can start hitting and manufacturing runs, then they can get back into serious contention for the AL East crown, which is a wide open race now that Toronto finally woke up. If the Yanks do not start hitting, they're doomed. It's gonna be a long summer of soul crushing 2-1 and 3-2 ballgames when they get spectacular outings from their starters but the offense can't get it up.
The Yanks had a chance to make up some ground on the division leaders (Baltimore and Boston both struggled over the weekend )... yet they blew that opportunity on Sunday with a loss to Tampa. The Yanks finished the week with a 3-3 record, which is disappointing against a pair of last place teams.
Toronto is surging and the hottest team in baseball. The Yanks better watch their backs because here come the Bluejays. The Jays went from 70-1 to 7-1 favorite to win the World Series inside of a week. Mucho respect from the bookies.
On Deck: The Yanks have a brutal week ahead of them. They have Monday off before Texas (44-32) comes to town for a three-game set to end their current homestand. After they take on the best team in the AL West, They head down to Maryland over the weekend and tackle division foe Baltimore (42-34) in a three-game series. This week is a huge test against two top teams. Can the Yankees pass?