Blech. That was gross. I've tried to be a calm, rational, steadying force through the ups and downs of this season, but the Yankees have played some bad baseball at the absolute worst time these last few games. They aren't pitching, they aren't hitting, they aren't fielding, and they got their butts kicked by the Red Sox again last night to put themselves in a 2-0 series hole and further delay the 10,000th win and clinching of the Wild Card.
Michael Pineda sucked last night. Say whatever you want about limiting damage and keeping the game close and grinding through 6 innings, but 7 runs in 6 innings is bad and 6 of those runs coming in the first 7 batters of the game was brutal. The Red Sox hitters were smoking balls off him and his 2-strike approach and execution stunk. It would have been nice to get a solid Big Mike start ahead of Tanaka's return. Instead we got Average Sized Mike.
The lineup made it look like we were going to be in for a fun back-and-forth offensive battle when they struck back for 4 in the bottom of the 1st against Rick Porcello. Leadoff double, single, RBI groundout, double, 2-run home run is a good way to get yourself back into a ballgame, and Carlos Beltran (double) and Dustin Ackley (homer) both came up with their big hits with 2 outs. Then Porcello did that thing he did the last time he faced the Yankees and went into shutdown mode. The Yankees only scratched out 2 more hits against him and he racked up 8 strikeouts over his 8 innings of work.
The Sox piled on with a Mookie Betts solo shot in the 5th, a Blake Swihart 2-run home run off Bryan Mitchell in the 8th, and some good manufacturing against Chris Martin in the 9th. Joe wasn't going to waste his useful relief arms in a game he was losing. Not surprising that good hitters beat up crappy pitchers.
- Brett Gardner was the only Yankee with multiple hits. He also did something he almost never does and stole a base. Good for him.
- Ackely's now rocking a .295/.319/.682 slash line as a Yankee. Your 2016 starting second baseman, ladies and gentlemen!
- Pineda since coming off the DL: 5.08 ERA, 4.60 FIP in 39 innings pitched.
- Alex Rodriguez went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. Him never really coming back offensively has really hurt the lineup with Teix out.