The Yankees are absolutely embarrassing right now. I said this last night, and I meant it then. I mean it again tonight. There is absolutely no joy in watching this team play baseball right now. The only silver lining – to the extent this is even a silver lining – is that the Yankees are the very definition of an up-and-down team. The Blue Jays lost to the Orioles, somehow, and the Red Sox are currently losing. That means they still have a playoff spot.
And, of course, if they get into the playoffs, anything can happen. They are as good as anyone when they’re hot, and baseball is a dumb, stupid sport that can change on a dime. So it’s not all lost. That said, it’s not good. I would honestly be shocked if they made the playoffs at this point, and tonight’s embarrassment at the hands of the Mets (the Mets!) did not bolster my confidence.
Anyway, with all of that out of the way, let’s get to another round of depressing takeaways, shall we?
The Yankees Actually Had A Lead in this One. Let’s start with the positives: the Yankees actually had a lead! Two of them, in fact. It started off in the first inning, when the team jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead. Even though Jordan Montgomery handed it right back, they had another lead in the second inning after a Joey Gallo HR. It was crushed, too. It’s worthy of a look:
Pretty cool! We have not seen enough of that from Gallo in pinstripes, but he’ll heat up. I have no doubt. Dude’s a good player in a real bad slump. It happens. In any case, I was just glad to see them have a lead. It had been a long, long time since we could say that.
Of Course, It Didn’t Hold. Jordan Montgomery was not good in this baseball game. To be fair, he did get a lot of swings-and-misses (46% of his swings, in fact) and was not helped out at all by his defense. But still, this was not a 2021 Monty performance. He lasted just 3.1 innings, allowed 7 hits, and 5 ER and 7 R total. He walked 3 and struck out 6. Now, when I say the defense was awful, I mean it. Look at this absolutely atrocious play from Gary Sánchez:
What even is that? How is that even possible? The throw beat Villar easily, but it looks like he just deked Gary out. I’m the biggest defender of Gary’s in the universe, but that’s an inexplicable play. It is emblematic of the recent play. Here are some other examples of how the Mets scored their runs:
And what should have been a double play:
Hideous stuff all around. Again, the Yankees just completely fell flat on their faces in a big game. It’s the same old story. This defense is just completely inexcusable all around. It’s tough enough to win when you can’t hit. But when you play defense like this? It’s completely impossible.
As you can tell, this was a tough game to watch. I hope you didn’t.
- Everyone who pitched in this game allowed a run except for Albert Abreu, who pitched a scoreless 8th. Michael King allowed a run in 3 innings in his return, and Joely Rodriguez allowed a run in 0.2 innings pitched.
- Anthony Rizzo hit a 9th inning home run, which was pretty cool I guess. Good for the Yanks’ run differential, I suppose.
- Brett Gardner, who is suddenly one of the team’s best hitters, was 2-4 with a walk. Everyone else was bad, except Luke Voit, who had a pinch-hit hit, DJ LeMahieu, and Gleyber Torres. They each had hits. (Rizzo and Gallo, obviously, homered.)
What else is there to say? I guess we gotta just hope that things start turning around tomorrow, right? Corey Kluber (4-3, 3.69 ERA) will take on Taijuan Walker (7-9, 4.15 ERA) in tomorrow’s game, which will take place at 7:45 pm in Flushing. Enjoy your night, everyone.