Everything that went wrong for the Yankees over the weekend in their series against the Toronto Blue Jays, did go wrong. Not only did they get swept in a three game series but the Jays once again made the A.L. East into a tight division race, with the Yankees now holding onto their first place lead by 1.5 games entering play today. The Yankees have a tough schedule ahead of them; they play three games against the Cleveland Indians starting tomorrow night and then they head to Toronto to face the Blue Jays in a three game series. But entering the series against the Indians, the Yankees are just hoping to get some runs across the board.
“Offenses go through this. Every offense is going to go through this from time to time,” Joe Girardi following yesterday’s 2-0 loss regarding the absent offense. “We have a good offense. We just struggled this weekend for whatever reason.
“You’re going to go through some good times and bad times, and you’ve just got to come back and play well. When we go to Cleveland, we go from there. It’s not our first three-game losing streak of the year, I don’t think, so we’ve got to bounce back.”
The Yankees were only able to get one run in three games against the Blue Jays. In fact their only run came on Friday following a home run by Mark Teixeira. Brett Gardner, who was assaulted with a baseball Sunday afternoon following a Jose Bautista home run which may or may not have to do with the Yankees losing three in a row, spoke to the Yankees media about not doing his job–getting on base for the middle of the order to drive him in.
“We’re in the top of the order for a reason: Get on base and set the table for the big guys,” Gardner said. “Give them RBI opportunities. Jacoby [Ellsbury] and I, the last few days … we didn’t necessarily do a real good job getting on base in the top of the order, so it’s definitely frustrating for us. I can’t speak for him, but I know we take a lot of pride in what we do.”
But if you think the Yankees are about to crack under pressure, think again. Alex Rodriguez said the Yankees aren’t panicking and the fans shouldn’t either,
“We definitely took a punch this weekend,” Rodriguez said. “and good teams punch back.
“There’s no time to panic for us. We’ve had a very good season, so far. We’re in first place for a reason. We like our team. We trust our team.”
The Yankees have a tough road trip ahead of them which means the team needs to turn things around if they still plan on winning the division. But with the Blue Jays right on their tail, the American League East division just became interesting.