No Teix, no A-Rod, no McCann, no Ellsbury, no offense. The Yankees played with half a lineup last night, and in a completely expected turn of events they managed to score a single run with that lineup and lose the series opener to the Mets. Of course they got that run in the top of the 1st too. Brett Gardner walk, Carlos Beltran bloop single, Chris Young sac fly. That was it, that was the offense against Mets' starter Steven Matz. The Yanks stranded 2 runners in the 1st, 2 more in the 2nd, and 2 in the 6th against Matz, then for good measure loaded the bases against closer Jeurys Familiar in the 9th with 1 out and didn't score.
Masahiro Tanaka looked excellent for most of the game, but he made 3 bad pitches on the night and all 3 hurt him. Hung a splitter to Lucas Duda in the 2nd that Duda hit for a game-tying solo home run, hung another one to him in the 4th that he hit for a double, and hung a 2-strike slider to Daniel Murphy in the 6th that Murphy took yard. Story of Tanaka's season. Can't avoid making bad pitches in critical spots and can't avoid getting killed on those pitches.
- Dustin Ackley doubled to lead off the 9th, continuing his strong run of games. Maybe play him more? Just a thought.
- Brutal night of pinch hitting by 2/3 of the available regulars. Jacoby Ellsbury flied out swinging at the first pitch hitting for Tanaka in the 7th, and Brian McCann fouled out on the second pitch hitting for Shreve in the 8th.
- Despite throwing just 82 pitches in 6 innings, Joe still wouldn't commit to Tanaka coming back on regular rest against Toronto on Thursday. Sounds like the division race is over and it's about the Wild Card and setting up Tanaka for that game now. Whatever, I can't say I hate that.