Another night, another loss. All of the goodwill from the 13-game winning streak has already run out, but it just keeps getting worse. With this 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Blue Jays, the Yankees are now 2-9 since the streak ended. Additionally, Boston eclipsed the Yankees for the top Wild Card spot tonight and Toronto is one behind the Yankees in the loss column. Simply put: the Yankees hold on a playoff spot is tenuous right now and I’m having a hard time finding reason for optimism.
These takeaways are on the shorter side because all of us had pretty busy work days and/or personal commitments. Not that you want to read a long-winded recap of this one, I presume. Let’s get to it.
The offense is still horrendous. That’s about all I’m saying about this. It’s the same takeaway I had last night with the insertion of “still” into it. I’m tired of writing about this lineup. It’s pathetic. The lone offense came from Brett Gardner, whose three-run homer tied the game.
If you thought that might be the turning point of the game or of this offense’s swoon, I’m sorry. I wish it was.
Control is the one thing that could hold Luis Gil back. Wildness reared its ugly head for Gil tonight, though he mostly danced around the seven walks he issued in 3.1 innings. Three of those seven were in a row to end his night, and one of them came across to score which finally nudged Gil’s ERA above 0.00.
Gil had a 12.5 percent walk rate in the minors this year, and a 13.5 percent rate in his minor league career, so what happened tonight isn’t wholly unusual. Still, Gil’s pure stuff is top notch and is why he struck out six batters and allowed just one hit anyway.
Post All-Star Break Chad Green remains bad. Green delivered another lackluster performance in the eighth inning. He gave up a run on a triple and sacrifice fly before working around another single to end the inning. The triple wasn’t necessarily scalded, but it certainly was emblematic of Green’s struggles over the last three months.
Through July 9th, Green had a 2.14 ERA in 46.1 innings. In his next outing, he got bombed against Houston, which was his final outing before the All-Star break, as you my recall. Including that game up until tonight’s action, the righty has pitched to a 4.74 ERA.
We may do a deeper dive into Green’s struggles at some point, but one concern I’ll raise is his workload. Green’s now at 72 innings, just 3.2 short of his career high from 2018. Feels like a heavy toll, especially with how many close games the team has played, not to mention coming off a 60 game season.
Aroldis Chapman still stinks. With Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s homer tonight, he’s now given up seven in his last 24 innings. He’s also given up 20 runs (19 earned) in that stretch. His velocity is down, he has no idea where the ball is going, and looks defeated on the mound. It doesn’t get much worse.
It should go without saying, but the Yankees badly need a win tomorrow to avoid a sweep against Toronto. It’ll be Nestor Cortes vs. Jose Berríos. See you then.
Programming note: DoTF will come some time tomorrow morning.