You need drama, you bought drama.
Oh, you didn’t need drama? You’ll’ve been completely content material with Yankees victories over the Rays on Friday and Saturday, constructing on the good vibes of that journey to Boston and Toronto and cruising into a house playoff recreation Tuesday?
You picked the incorrect group and incorrect 12 months, mates.
How a lot harm was brought on by the Yankees’ vomitous 12-2 loss to the Rays on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, which mixed with the Blue Jays’ 10-1 blowout of the Orioles ensured they’d head into the season’s final day with no playoff spot secured? Time for the scene-of-the-mayhem evaluation:
1. Aaron Boone is again on the griddle. No, I’m not significantly labored up over the choices the Yankees’ supervisor made in Friday night time’s 4-3 defeat. This goes larger than that. For the group’s 5-1 street run over the Crimson Sox and Blue Jays to show right into a two-game residence dropping streak in opposition to a group prioritizing playoff preparation over successful, falls on the supervisor, who occurs to not have a contract for subsequent 12 months.
Gleyber Torres’ seventh-inning failure to expire a two-out strikeout that obtained away from Rays catcher Mike Zunino, given Torres’ private roller-coaster trip of 2021, additionally offered a horrible look in such an enormous recreation.
Boone’s Zen-like evenness drives old-school Yankees followers loopy and really possible helps the group navigate crises. It’s time for the advantages of that method to kick in once more, for the Yankees to win Sunday and safe that wild-card spot for a contemporary begin, or else face the implications.
“We’ve been down this road before where we’ve taken it on the chin or had a tough one and there won’t be any flinch,” Boone vowed. “We’ll come out ready to go tomorrow and expect to get a W.”
2. Jordan Montgomery tarnished a breakthrough season. Pitching the Yankees into the playoffs might have been a profession spotlight for the 28-year-old southpaw, the fruits of his leap into reliability. As a substitute, not solely did he take the loss, but also he pitched so poorly, lasting a mere 2 ²/₃ innings, that he impacted the group’s bullpen provide for Sunday’s vital recreation. Michael King, an necessary aid weapon this previous month, relieved Lucas Luetge within the sixth and confronted 5 batters, retiring just one and expending 13 pitches over two “up-downs,” as we now name innings. Consequently, Boone mentioned, King possible won’t be obtainable for Sunday, when the Yankees begin a hobbled Jameson Taillon (good name not beginning Gerrit Cole on quick relaxation, not with a contest Monday within the worst-case situation) and really possible will want loads of bullpen assist.
“Nobody’s perfect. They’re bound to happen over 30 starts,” Montgomery mentioned, earlier than correctly shifting right into a extra contrite tone and including: “[It] just sucks. [I] wanted to give our guys a better outing.”
3. The Yankees constructed up no fairness in opposition to the Rays. In the event that they someway advance to the AL Division Sequence, Boone’s bunch will face this identical Tampa Bay group, which after all ended the Yankees’ 2020 marketing campaign and enters Sunday’s Recreation 162 with an 11-7 edge on this season collection after Saturday’s 19-hit assault, which featured three homers by Brandon Lowe.
“A really good team over there,” Brett Gardner mentioned of the Yankees’ low-payroll rivals, “but a team that, if we’re going to make the playoffs and ultimately get to where we want to go, [must be] a team we’re going to beat and go through.”Torres and Gary Sanchez went by means of the wringer but once more. This season’s greatest lightning rods couldn’t escape this ultimate weekend unscathed. Torres earned his boos for his seventh-inning mind cramp, and Sanchez went 0-for-3 with a stroll, together with a strikeout and a game-ending double play, to increase his droop to 6-for-31.
4. DJ LeMahieu’s damage acquired an official analysis: Sports activities hernia. Guys can play by means of it, though by all accounts it’s no enjoyable. The Yankees missed even the diminished 2021 model of their leadoff hitter on Saturday.
So right here the Yankees go, nonetheless in a position to safe a wild-card slot (and keep away from a tiebreaker Monday) with a win Sunday. It’s time for extra harm management. If they’ll’t clear up this mess, you simply look ahead to the drama and harm to come back.