Game 132: A Losing Streak

With last night’s 6-4 defeat officially in the books, the Yankees will not play any more West Coast games this year. I’m thankful for that. Those games are a killer for me. Anyway, the loss meant that the Yanks have now dropped 4 in a row since their long winning streak. In the process, they’ve lost 4 games on the first-place Rays, who are winners of their last 9, and sit 8 games behind in the division.

With that in mind, let’s get to the final abbreviated takeaways of the season, shall we?

  • Jameson Taillon’s Backward Slide: It was not a great night for Jameson Taillon, who surrendered 6 runs on 5 hits in 4.2 innings of work against the Halos. He looked quite good in the first three frames, but the wheels fell off a bit for him after that. I saw a few people suggest that he is gassed – i.e. that his first full season of work in two seasons is catching up with him – but I don’t think that’s the case. He still had swing-and-miss stuff (33% whiff-per-swing rate, with his fastball, slider, and curve all generating tons of whiffs) and good, stable velocity. To me, this seems more like a situation in which a good pitcher had an incredible few months and is falling back to earth a bit. I am not worried at all about Jameson Taillon, and I don’t think you should be, either.
  • An Effective Bullpen: Taillon aside, the Yankees got some good pitching in this one. Joely Rodriguez threw 1.1 innings of 1-hit, scoreless baseball in relief of Taillon. Lucas Leutge came on threw 2 perfect innings himself. They worked 4 strikeouts and no walks as a unit, allowing just two balls hit harder than 95-miles-per-hour between them. It was a good performance, and a valuable one. It allowed the Yankees to claw their way back into the game a bit. They didn’t come back fully, of course, but the bullpen gave them a shot. Can’t ask for more than that.
  • The Top fo the Order Comes Through Again: The last few nights I’ve been pointing out how the top of the Yankee order has been doing virtually all of the work. That’s true again last night. DJ LeMahieu, Anthony Rizzo, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton went 7-15 with a 2B, HR, 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored. The rest of the order didn’t do very much, though Gary Sánchez ended the longest streak without a home run in his career, which was nice to see.
  • We’re Living in Double Play Hell: Weird observation. During the winning streak, the Yankees basically stopped hitting into double plays. During their losing streak (and just general points during the points of the season with bad vibes) there have been an incredible, incredible amount of double plays. That was true again last night. The Yankees hit into 5 – yes, 5! f-i-v-e – double plays last night. One each from Gallo, LeMahieu, and Gardner, plus two from Stanton. The fact that Gallo has hit into several double players now is honestly hilarious. This is a guy with less than 10 GIDP in his career. The Yankee is really rubbing off on him, clearly. Anyway, let’s hope they cut that out soon. I’m really sick of the double plays. Gotta be honest.
  • The State of Things: Frustrating loss, that was. The Yankees are 8 games out now since Tampa doesn’t ever lose. There are only 30 games left in the season, so winning the division is all but out of the question now. The biggest thing left to do is secure home field advantage for the Wild Card Game. That’s fine – it’s better than where thing stood 8 weeks ago – but it’s disappointing. It will take a magic October run to really eliminate the stench from this team’s season. That’s certainly possible, and I’m optimistic, but that’s where we are.

The Yankees will try to salvage the series tonight against the Angels. The good news is that they’ll have their ace, Gerrit Cole (13-6, 2.80 ERA) on the hill to do it. Cole will take on Packy Naughton (0-0, 1.69 ERA) in that one in his second career start. The game’s at 7:07 pm ET. Enjoy your day, everyone.

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5 Comments

  1. I don’t understand how the Rays keep winning. Middling offense, no-name pitchers… do they have a pact with the devil?

  2. HenryKrinkle

    I never thought they’d catch the Rays anyway. I hope for enough Yankee wins, Oakland A wins, and Red Sox losses, to have Yankees face the A’s at home.

    • OTOH, eliminating Boston in the WC would be sweet. We may even match up better against them than Oakland (I’m aware of the winless streak vs. Sox to start the season). If we win the WC brawlgame, it would be sweet revenge to then eliminate Tampa.

  3. brian

    Packy Naughton is an *excellent* old-timey baseball name.

  4. Dan

    Second career start means the Yankees will score no more than 3 runs. Hope Cole is on. Man this team is frustrating!

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