How many times have we wrote something like: “hope you found something better to do tonight!” this season? Far too many, obviously. The Yankees lost in listless fashion to the Red Sox this evening, 4-0. Jordan Montgomery pitched just fine, but good grief, the offense was a no show.
With the win, the Red Sox are 7-0 against the Yankees this season. New York is nine games off Boston’s pace in division, so you can pretty much forget about an AL East title. Meanwhile, the Wild Card is starting to slip away, too. Oakland holds a five game advantage on the Bombers right now, though their game is just starting tonight.
Murphy’s law applies to the 2021 Yankees, that’s for sure. Whether it’s on the field (underwhelming or disappointing individual performances, #RISPfail, etc.) or off the field (two COVID-19 outbreaks now), the Yankees are having a downright dreadful season.
Should you care, here are the takeaways from tonight’s game:
No surprise: the offense stinks. That’s it. That’s the takeaway.
OK but really, what did you expect? The Yankees’ offense has been incredibly underwhelming as it is. Losing Aaron Judge, Luke Voit, and Gio Urshela compounds the issue by putting more pressure on those who are already struggling. I mean, Gleyber Torres and Brett Gardner were the team’s fifth and sixth hitters tonight. Rougned Odor hit third. At least Odor (a double) had one of the three hits (DJ LeMahieu and Greg Allen too). Torres and Gardner went 0-for-8. What a nightmare.
And to no surprise, Trey Amburgey (0-for-3) and Hoy Jun Park (0-for-1) didn’t spark the lineup. That’s nothing against them, to be clear. Those two represent potential upgrades to the margins of the major league roster. Instead, they’re filling the shoes of guys much better than them.
The Yankees’ lineup needed upgrades weeks ago, so I really don’t feel like beating a dead horse. But now with the COVID outbreak and Voit’s injury, the Yankees could dig themselves an even deeper hole in the Wild Card hunt. As mentioned, they’re five games out as of this writing. If they want to remain in that race — because divisional hopes are laughable at this point — it’s time to make a move.
It’s hard to appreciate Jordan Montgomery right now, but it’s not his fault. There’s so much else going on with the Yankees that Monty’s solid season is flying under the radar a bit. Tonight, he met the requirements for a Quality Start, delivering six innings of three-run ball against a very good Boston lineup.
Was it annoying that Montgomery gave up three early runs to put the offense behind? Yes. But he rebounded, and at the end of the day, this is the type outing expected from the tall lefty. Again, it’s the offense that let him down. I mean, just look at this:
Poor guy. A calendar month has gone by without a run behind him. Incredible.
Anyway, in a year of very few positives, Montgomery’s 4.18 ERA (96 ERA-) and 3.71 FIP (84 FIP-) in 99 innings has to be considered a success. He got knocked around a bit in last year’s pandemic-shortened campaign, though the underlying numbers indicated some bad luck. Looks like he’s finally getting things to go in his favor this year.
It’s also worth noting that Montgomery has been very consistent, especially of late. He’s allowed three runs or fewer in 14 of 18 starts, and done so just once in his last ten outings. He’s done his job. It’s not his fault that he’s been thrust into the number two starter role.
- Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless, albeit eventful, ninth inning. He walked one and threw a pickoff away, but escaped. Chapman also brought back his splitter, which perhaps is a good sign for his nail issue he was dealing with earlier.
- Rough, rough day for Giancarlo Stanton. He grounded into a double play and struck out three times.
- Chris Gittens walked twice and played a nice first base, I thought. Made a nice pick on an errant DJ LeMahieu throw, for one.
- Justin Wilson surrendered the other run to the Red Sox: JD Martinez took him deep.
For better or worse: same time, same place for these two teams tomorrow. Gerrit Cole pitches, at least.