The Yankees lose again by the score of 6-1 against the Baltimore Orioles. They are now 21-18. We’re going to do something different tonight.
Normally, this is where we would give some instant analysis of the day’s game. This performance isn’t deserving of that. Today’s game was an embarrassment. The Baltimore Orioles outclassed the Yankees. I am going to say that again. The Baltimore Orioles outclassed the New York Yankees. It was a listless performance from the Yankees.
This level of play cannot happen for a team with title aspirations. We’re reaching the point where the rash of injuries is no longer the primary reason for these outcomes. The active players on the roster are getting their asses kicked. The manager continues to make odd lineup choices. The maligned catcher is validating oftentimes harsh criticism. The vaunted bullpen is stinking it up. If Boston wasn’t in the Al East, the Yankees would currently be the worst-performing team in the division.
It is time to bench guys like Thairo Estrada and Tyler Wade. They are actively harming the team with their performances. The Estrada error in the sixth inning changed the complexion of the game. It is a routine play that needs to be made. If you’re going to be a zero at the plate, your defense has to be airtight. Speaking of zeroes at the plate, Tyler Wade should no longer be on the 28 man roster. There is nothing of value he brings to the team. His offense is non-existent and even his baserunning hurt the team on one occasion. Both of these guys are huge black holes in a lineup struggling to find its footing. The fact that both of them continue to get starts is baffling.
This brings us to Boone. At first glance, sitting DJLM makes sense. He has played a lot since coming off the DL. The bigger question is why have Andújar start in left field instead of someone like Brett Gardner? The left on left matchup reasoning doesn’t work because I saw Tyler Wade pop up a bunt behind home plate against a lefty tonight. These games are precious now. They are especially precious because Judge, Stanton, and Paxton aren’t coming back tomorrow or the next day. You have to win the games your ace starts. These lineup choices have to show a sense of urgency. I understand Boone’s thing is being calm, cool, and collected. That is totally fine with me but there are moments where urgency rules the day. We are at that point. Boone needs to match that moment.
Gerrit Cole isn’t above criticism either. There are stretches where a team needs its ace to persevere. This is one of those stretches and Cole is not succeeding. An error can’t unravel a brilliant outing. He has to pick his third baseman up. Instead, he loses his command and in the process tires himself out. He was fantastic for five innings. The team needed him to maintain that level of performance through the sixth. It didn’t happen. These are tough circumstances with the offense faltering. The Yankees paid a ton of money for him to rise above those circumstances. He is not meeting the challenge at this point. It is difficult to write that but this is where we are.
There are plenty of other places to lay blame. There is the ghost of Gary Sánchez. The bullpen is struggling. Aaron Hicks is not having a good year. The next men up players are crashing back to Earth. There is a laundry list of issues. The team needs to figure this out quickly. Teams across the league are facing a ton of challenges this season including COVID outbreaks. The Yankees issues are largely performance based. It is time to step up and turn this garbage around. There is still time to do so but it is quickly slipping away.
At least Clint Frazier is rewarding some Yankees’ fans patience. That is nice to see.
The Yankees will try to split the series agains the Orioles tomorrow at 1:05pm ET. It will be Tanaka versus Wojciechowski. I hope you have a better night than the Yankees.