Another dispiriting series loss, this time to the first-place Brewers over the weekend. I’m feeling worn down by the losing. Sure, there were bright spots. Clint Frazier provided a couple of big jolts to the offense, Severino pitched well and Judge continues to roll (30 homes = beast). Otherwise, we were manhandled by the Brewers, plain and simple. Our starters and especially the pen have been mediocre. (Is there any reason Tyler Clippard is still on this Yankees team?)
The controversy over Greg Bird – is he somehow lacking the desire to play, claiming his ankle is too sore for action despite the evidence of any serious injury on x-rays – is a sad distraction. I had such high hopes for him. Choi has filled in nicely, but he’s no answer at first base. I’m assuming Cashman will find someone to play the position.
Tonight’s home run derby features our very own Sanchez and Judge, so I may break with tradition and actually watch what, for me, is usually a deadly dull event.
But after the All-Star game, about which I feel similarly, what then? Is this team, with players coming off the DL, going to pull itself together and contend? Or was the early excitement just a fluke?
I do feel there’s a spark with the 2017 Yanks. They don’t give up. They’re fun to watch when the pitching gives them half a chance. They’re resilient. I just don’t know if that will be enough.