I’ve been about as calm and rational as I know how to be during May, a month that has seen the Yankees stumble to a 12-13 record due to a volatile combination of mediocre pitching performances and offensive hibernations, but I finally lost my patience during tonight’s game against the Mariners, a contest the Yanks ended up dropping 4-3 while facing the second-worst offense in the league.
Adding insult to injury, the Yankees managed to not only take a 3-0 lead against rookie phenom Michael Pineda, but knocked him out after just five innings. Unfortunately A.J. Burnett was just as inefficient, and also had to depart after five innings, though he only surrendered two runs. With Burnett out, Joe Girardi went to Boone Logan in the 6th, and Logan of course failed to do his one and only job, which led Joe to go to Luis Ayala in a high-leverage situation for some reason. Ayala gave up a single and a walk to load the bases, and the Mariners then took the lead on two groundouts. In fact, all four Seattle runs were scored on groundouts. Awful.
But that’s not the worst part — Yankee pitching allowed 13 baserunners to the Mariners, a team that had a .302 OBP coming into this game. That’s just straight-up unacceptable. The second-worst part was that the Mariner bullpen held the Yankees scoreless over the final four innings; an occurrence we’ve seen far too many times this season.
Despite all of this negativity, the Yankees are only a game out of first, but the team really needs to start playing better baseball soon. You can only coast by on .500 for so long, and the team hasn’t even been able string together a winning streak of more than three games yet this season. Not that lengthy winning streaks are imperative, but it’d be nice to see the team actually get on a roll at some point. Unfortunately the earliest that next win can come is Sunday, what with King Felix on the mound Saturday night.