After Andujar’s homer in today’s finale against the Rays and Stanton’s later on, I thought maybe it would set the tone, there would be offense and we would fend off the Rays to avoid being swept. Wrong. Into extra innings the Yankees stumbled, missing chance after chance to score more runs, even though the bullpen kept them in the game. Well, until Shreve gave it all up with that walk off homer. My heart sank at the sound of the crack of the bat.
I know the Yankees won’t win every game. I also know they won’t always beat teams they should beat. But they really looked flat this weekend. With Sanchez hurt and possibly headed for the DL, we’re another bat down, not that he was on fire or anything. And I’ll say it again: WE NEED A STARTING PITCHER. Yes, the kids show promise, but they’re inconsistent – too inconsistent for a serious pennant race.
I hope this malaise they’re showing doesn’t carry over into the Phillies series, but there are likely to be pitchers over there the Yankees have never faced and we know how they don’t do well against those. Grrrrrr.
But I’ll end on a positive note. The team is good. They are. In the long run, they’ll be fine.