The Yankees are on a downward spiral right now and have dropped to fourth place in the AL East after getting swept by the Orioles in a three game series over the weekend and losing five in a row overall.
FRIDAY (4-3 loss)
CC Sabathia took a no-hitter into the sixth inning while leading 3-0, but things fell apart on him quickly in the sixth and the seven as O’s tied at 3-3 and eventually went ahead 4-3. There was some bad defense and some bloop singles in there, but Manny Machado‘s double drove in two and then Nate McLouth hit a long homer in the seventh to go ahead.
The Yankees offense did its usual thing. Robinson Cano drove in a run in the first, Vernon Wells and Chris Stewart added RBI-singles in the third, and that was it. They even managed to knock the O’s starter out of the game in the third inning, but did absolutely nothing against the bullpen in embarrassing fashion.
SATURDAY (11-3 loss)
Embarrassed Friday, embarrassed Saturday too, but this time it was a blowout. David Phelps started and lasted just 2.1 innings as he gave up nine runs (NINE!). The silver lining is that Ivan Nova came in and pitched 5.2 innings, and allowed two runs, so that the bullpen didn’t get burned out.
Obviously this offense isn’t going to overcome 11 runs. Zoilo Almonte did manage a sac fly in the sixth before they scored another run on an error by O’s first baseman Chris Davis. That made it 9-2. The Yankees added one more run in the ninth on a Brett Gardner RBI-double.
SUNDAY (4-2 loss)
The Yankees are at the point where they aren’t going to win any games unless they get a great performance out of their starting pitching and like much of June they didn’t get it on Sunday. Hiroki Kuroda started and gave up solo home runs in each of the first three innings to put the Yankees in a 3-1 hole.
They would not be able to overcome that modest lead. After a run scored on a bases loaded walk in the second, the Yankees scored just one more run throughout the game on a Robinson Cano home run. The final run by the O’s came on a sac fly in the seventh but that mattered little as nobody is hitting.
• During the five game losing streak the Yankees are actually getting some contributions from some players on offense: Robinson Cano (.444/.500/.611), Brett Gardner (.300/.333/.450), Ichiro Suzuki (.263/.300/.474), Lyle Overbay (.250/.250/.500), and Chris Stewart (.400/.455/.600). That’s it though as the rest of the lineup has been a collective black hole.
• The problem is that the rotation has to pitch better than a quality start each time out which hasn’t happened a lot lately. Only Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes made quality starts the last time through the rotation and only Hughes had a real impressive start. Unfortunately though, the Yankees lost 2-0 in Hughes’ start. That’s going to happen with this lineup.
• Nobody is expected back off the DL in the immediate future. Curtis Granderson will come back at some point and so will Francisco Cervelli, but each could be weeks away still. The rest, including Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Youkilis, might not come back at all this season. There is also Michael Pineda, but he’s not going to do anything to solve the offensive issues.
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