A day after the New York Yankees went 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position, they’re going to turn to Vidal Nuno tonight, with hopes Nuno can help the Yankees salvage a series split. However, pitching hasn’t been the biggest issue the Yankees are currently facing.
The Yankees knew that they weren’t playing well, especially offensively and on the base paths. Brett Gardner stood by his locker while reporters asked him about yesterday’s loss, listening intently to the media’s questions although he was slightly solemn. Gardner was the one to strike out to end the game with Ichiro Suzuki at third, but he wasn’t the only one to blame. Everyone up and down the lineup had troubles hitting with runners in scoring position, and Gardner knows that this ball club can play better than what they’ve done in the last few weeks.
“Obviously we’ve got a lot of guys in here, (and) most guys have been around a long time,” Gardner said. “Guys that work really hard and take a lot of pride in what we do. When we come up in situations where we’ve got guys on base, guys in scoring position, especially less than two outs, we’ve got to find a way to get those guys in. And we haven’t really been doing a good job of that. We know that. We’re aware of it. We see it. We feel it.”
Gardner knows the Yankees are struggling, the fans know the Yankees are struggling and even the media knows the Yankees are struggling. However, they have to get back out there tonight and try to erase the sour taste that was in their mouths from the last two games. It’s easier said than done, but this team has to start playing better. Do they really want to head to Seattle to play Robinson Cano and the Mariners with a record under .500?