Yankees in risk of a 1st place tie after loss

The Yankees bats struck first with two runs in the first and then fell silent as Andy Pettitte got very little run support in a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto this afternoon.

The Yankees went up 2-0 right away off Ricky Romero on sac flies by Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson in the first inning, but where then shutout the rest of the way. They certainly had their chances though as they put runners on base in all but one inning, but failed to get a bit hit when it mattered.

Pettitte started and had his worst game since coming off the DL. It wasn’t horrible, he did allow eight Jays to reach base in 5.2 innings, but left with the game tied before Joba Chamberlain came in and promptly surrendered a RBI-double to Adeiny Hechavarria that gave them the lead.

This loss isn’t on Pettitte or even Joba for that matter. This was on the offense who, as has become a regular thing this season, struggled when it mattered. They also ran themselves into trouble as Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner were both thrown out trying to steal.

The Yankees still hold on to a half game lead in the AL East, but that might not last long as the Orioles are facing the lowly Red Sox. If the O’s win tonight’s game the two teams will be tied for first in the East.

The above pic was not from tonight’s game, but I felt it was appropriate as Andruw Jones left five runners on base tonight in just two at bats. Why Joe Girardi continues to play him even though he has a .198/.295/.409 line is beyond me.

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6 Responses to Yankees in risk of a 1st place tie after loss

  1. Keena says:

    This was the most disgusting, inexcusable loss of the season.

  2. Mike Sommer says:

    Agreed on Jones. I wanted to dump him for Mustelier long ago. Since 7/18, Jones is .137-2-8 in 95 at bats. But here is the bigger problem: If the Orioles and Yankees both qualify for the playoffs and finish in a tie, the Orioles get the division. Tiebreaker #1: Head to head. The teams split. Tiebreaker #2: Better divisional record. Heading into Sunday's games, the O's were 41-27 in the division, the Yanks 37-31. So if there is a tie, the Yanks get the wild card. Not only that, they are just one up on the A's as far as who is WC #1 and who is WC #2 for the home game. The way things look right now, Pettitte is lined up for a WC game on Friday. Four left. Yanks need to win at least 3 and hope O's split (today vs. Bos, but then 3 against Tampa, and it looks like the Rays will be toast by then…). This loss hurts. So does the one in Minnesota where Logan couldn't get one stinking out. Those two losses are the killers this week.

  3. Mike Sommer says:

    Wrong on the tiebreaker scenario. I thought it'd be like in 2005, where the Yanks won on the tiebreaker. Instead, there would be game 163 in Baltimore if there is a tie (Orioles better division record). So Yanks could wind up tied, have to play in Balt. for the division title, then if they lose that, then play in that one-game sudden death WC playoff. Bud has given us an NFL-like scenario, and just as confusing.

  4. Mike Sommer says:

    Wrong on the tiebreaker scenario. I thought it'd be like in 2005, when the Yanks won on the tiebreaker. Instead, there would be game 163 in Baltimore if there is a tie (Orioles better division record). So Yanks could wind up tied, have to play in Balt. for the division title, then if they lose that, then play in that one-game sudden death WC playoff. Bud has given us an NFL-like scenario, and just as confusing.

  5. If the Yankees and Orioles tie, the Yankees and Orioles will play a game 163 in Baltimore for the division. The loser would have to play Oakland or Tampa in a one game Wild Card playoff.