Where do I even begin? The Yankees just lost a series to a team who doesn’t even have a real starting rotation. Nathan Eovaldi who was scheduled to start today was traded to the Red Sox earlier in the day. So they threw in some guy they probably found in the streets to start today and what’s the result? Another one run loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s beyond frustrating at this point and this team needs to wake up. Like right now. They can’t continue to loss to schmoes every other game. If they want to win this division they need to turn this around as soon as possible.
Luis Cessa started for the Yankees today and he seemed to be off to a tremendous start. He pitched a beautiful scoreless 5 innings and came back out to start the sixth. That’s where things took a turn. Cessa surrendered a lead off single and followed it by giving up a two run jack to Kevin Kiermaier. The only legitimate bat in the Rays lineup. The homer made the score 2-1 in favor of the Rays. The lone Yankees run came in the second inning with Neil a Walker delivering a sac fly that scored Gleyber Torres. Holder came in to relieve Cessa later in the sixth inning. Holder who has been lights out lately. Only he let up a solo shot to CJ Cron to make it a 3-1 game. At this moment you kind of had a feeling the game was over.
The Yankees bats despite getting 7 hits today were basically dead. No timely hits with runners on base as the Yankees left 8 runners on. Not even an extra base hit, every hit the Yankees had this afternoon was a single. The Yankees did give themselves multiple chances to potentially tie the game though. In the 8th inning, Brett Gardner led off with a walk, followed by a Judge pop out. Into the box steps Didi who rips a hard grounder to first and it gets through sending Gardner to third. Giancarlo Stanton was able to score Gardner with yet another sac fly, the teams second of the game. This made the score 3-2. Still a shot but time is running out.
Top of the 9th inning, Sergio Romo who entered halfway through the 8th for the Rays still on the mound. Bird grounds out to start the inning and we are down to our final two outs. Andujar was able to dribble an infield hit and get the tying run on base. Aaron Hicks hit a grounder to second, could have possibly ended the game but Matt Duffy who was covering second couldn’t handle the flip and ended up getting charged with an error. Runners on first and second with one out. They really might tie this! Austin Romine comes up as a pinch hitter and hits a lazy pop up in foul terrority for the second out. Ughhhh. In comes crafty veteran Brett Gardner. He eventually is able to work the count full, Judge on deck with the possibility of coming to the plate with the bases juiced. Romo gets set with the pitch andddddd Gardner swings at a pitch in the other batters box. It was legit a foot off the plate. Swings at ball 4 and the Yankees lose to a shitty team once again.
I mean it’s getting old at this point. There is zero reason as to why we are dropping all these games to Tampa and Baltimore and other teams. We are playing .500 baseball against the Orioles and Rays this season, the team who is potentially going to be back to 6 games ahead of us in the division has a record of 19-6 against those teams. That’s why we are back in the divison. It’s because we are overlooking this subpar teams and only show up against contenders. It’s kinda pathetic and it’s frustrating to watch as a fan. Things need to change quick if the Yankees don’t want to be a wild card team come September. But the way things are looking this past week, we might be playing in that one game playoff and could potentially not meet expectations we had coming into this season and that would definitely blow. A lot.