It would have been lovely to have a four-game sweep in Minnesota, the scene of so many Yankees victories in the past, but thanks to yesterday’s game it wasn’t to be. Instead, the Yanks left town pretty much where they started: under .500 and 6 1/2 games back of the division-leading Orioles.
A bright spot from yesterday’s loss was that McCann emerged from his slump (finally) and hit a couple of bombs. As for the other games, the Yanks needed to beat up on the hapless Twins and they did. (I wasn’t thrilled that Chapman gave up two homers in Game 3 but he got the win anyway.)
The point is, the Yankees need to have a consistent winning streak in order to gain ground this season. I know I must sound like a broken record, but consistency is key and they’re just not getting the message. The offense has to be on the attack, hit the bombs, scratch out the runs, do whatever it takes to win.
The starting pitching has been more than respectable and while the middle relief has been shaky, the back end of the bullpen is pretty great, give or take a bad outing. I fault the offense. Beltran cannot carry the team, not with his age and bum knee, so others will have to pick up the slack and in the Twins series they did.
Now comes a home-stand. Let’s hope it’s the start of something, anything!