Coming into this game, the Yankees were averaging 5.5 runs on 8.3 hits and 4 walks per game. Tuesday night the Yankees collected eight hits and three walks — more than enough offense to put some runs on the board — but managed only two runs, well below the efficiency they’ve shown this season.
That’s because they played a terrible game. Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada were both picked off between first and second in the same inning. Andruw Jones was gunned down at the plate on a shallow sac-fly. The team hit into one double play, and left six men on base. The Bombers managed only one hit with a runner in scoring position, and an impressive solo homer from Mark Teixeira.
Adding to the frustration, the Yankees managed to lose yet another CC Sabathia start. If victories in Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon starts are gifts to be accumulated so early in the season, then any start from CC is pretty much a must win right now because everyone believes Colon and Garcia will break down at some point, probably sooner rather than later.
For his part, CC put up his weakest start in some time. He managed seven innings, but allowed four runs on ten hits, three walks and 119 pitches. It was far from a vintage performance, but it was precisely for that reason the Yankees needed to pick up their ace. Instead, the Yankees played one of their sloppiest games of the young season.
The best thing for anyone invested in this team, emotionally or otherwise, is to move on after such a careless performance and take solace in the fact that on any other night the Yankees don’t make mistakes between the bases and do get some big hits. Plus, the team is still in first place.
Wednesday night’s game, unfortunately, favors Detroit. The Yankees just don’t seem comfortable playing in spacious Comerica and the Tigers have the better pitcher on the mound. Freddy Garcia looks to continue his improbable start to the season for the Yankees, while the Tigers put strikeout artist Max Scherzer on the rubber. Game time is seven.