The Yankees entered this series after gaining some well-earned ground against their division rivals. They were about to play a Boston team that was barely playing over .500 in June. Instead of getting revenge for the first series in Yankee Stadium, they got absolutely embarrassed. I think today’s game was the worst of the bunch.
I hope you decided to take a pass on this one after a few innings. Better to have a plan with your family or special ones, better to watch the Euros — there are many better plans to be fair.
Anyways, if you want to read more about this one then by all means. Go ahead with caution.
Let’s look at today in a vacuum of the rest of the series. You had your ace, the best pitcher in the AL going against one of the worst starters in the AL this season. Who, also happens to be a lefty against your righty-heavy lineup. There could not be a better picture for a game you have to win… and still.
Things went bad early and didn’t correct at any point.
After making a statement about getting early leads and playing better against their rivals. The team responded by making three quick outs against Eduardo Rodríguez. Promptly giving the ball to Cole who allows an HR to Kiké Hernández (he of the .292 wOBA going into the game) on the very first pitch. Yeah, that sucks. To make matters worst, the next two batters get on base against Cole with a double and a walk, and after getting Bogaerts on a flyout, Devers hits a rocket to the RF bleachers for a 3R homer.
Really early in the game and they managed to make the exact opposite of what they keep saying they have to do to accomplish their objectives this season. Astonishing.
The offense proceeded to only manage 2 meager runs against Rodríguez. Cole to allow yet another homer and two more runs in 5 innings. Gleyber Torres missing two throws wide of first. Clint Frazier not getting close to the base or the cut-off man in a sac fly to RF. Bringing the tying run to the plus and doing nothing (DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge). Again, embarrassing and inexcusable. All the way around.
- Even after that whole rant. I’m most definitely not putting this one on Cole. He’s bound to have a bad start every here and there. My problem is with the team just not bringing anything today. Just to clear that up. And about that:
- This team is loudly crying for help. You have three lineup spots most of the time not giving anything close to decent offensive production (Gleyber, Gardner & Frazier).
- And furthermore, two of those are actually hurting you a lot in the field. Frazier is practically one the worst OF in the game with his -8 OAA (1st percentile). Gleyber has -3 OAA and is not that much better in the 9th percentile. That just can’t continue, be the way you want it (Improvements by them, trades, promotions, etc). My personal opinion: go get some dudes (yeah, plural).
- It is time to reassess last offseason’s plan. It’s clearly not working and as much as Hal may love being under the luxury tax, that’s looking more and more like it won’t be enough.