I suppose the Yankees deserve some credit score for the method in which they launched themselves to Globe Life Field on Monday evening, as they placed on no airs.
Their offense sincerely, really stinks.
Out of Baltimore, Aaron Boone’s bunch reverted to its normal identification as Major League Baseball’s highest-paid group of banjo hitters. They made Jordan Lyles appear to be Gerrit Cole, whereas Cole himself seemed hung over from his prior gem. It all added as much as a lackluster, 5-2 loss at the hands of the cellar-dwelling Rangers, a second straight defeat to cap a awful day that additionally noticed Giancarlo Stanton (strained left quad) go on the injured list and Zack Britton expertise a setback in his restoration from left elbow surgical procedure.
“Obviously a little frustrating especially when you’ve got Gerrit going and he has an uncharacteristic inning where they draw a crooked number on him, we weren’t able to go out and grab it back or really muster anything from there,” Boone stated. “So [it was] frustrating, especially after a lot of good at-bats, a lot of hard contact in the first inning. We’ve got to keep pouring it on. We’ve got to keep grinding at-bats. We’ve got to get a little better in that regard.”
Lyles, the well-traveled veteran, entered the ballgame with a 6.63 ERA. He departed with a 5.93 thanks to 6 innings of one-run ball. As Boone referenced, the Yankees grabbed a 1-0 lead out of the gate, stringing collectively base hits by DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit and Gio Urshela round an Aaron Judge strikeout, and after Gary Sanchez ended the inning on a 96.9 mph bullet to Charlie Culberson for a 5-4-3 double play, as the Rangers put up a three-spot in the second, the guests’ solely remaining peep got here on Voit’s solo blast, his first of the season, with two outs in the eighth inning.
“I think Lyles did a good job of keeping his breaking ball on the edges and down a little bit out of the zone, some tough pitches to hit, and getting ahead of guys,” Brett Gardner stated. “He just kind of had his way with us. We weren’t able to get a whole lot going after that.”
The Yankees (22-19) now have scored 164 runs on the season, a median of precisely 4 per sport, rating them thirteenth in the American League coming into West Coast motion. If not for his or her pitchers largely reaching their collective ceiling, this season actually might be getting away from them versus merely stalling.
Gardner of all individuals confirmed some indicators of life, but typical of this Yankees season, others didn’t be part of the celebration. The triple got here with two outs in the fourth inning, and Clint Frazier, the man who broke out Sunday with a homer and single in opposition to the Orioles, struck out wanting, which at the very least introduced a pleasing distinction to the variety of pitches out of the strike zone that the Yankees chased.
The Yankees arrived in the Lone Star State from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, their residence away from residence, the place they scored 19 runs in three video games with out Stanton. So we all know they’ve it in them. By gosh, although, they should present it much more usually in order to succeed in the place they need to go. They ought to have ample in a position bats in opposition to a lesser pitching employees like Texas’, even with out Stanton, his injured-list accomplice Aaron Hicks and the COVID-sidelined (asymptomatic) Gleyber Torres.
“Any time you have a guy or a couple guys go down, we’ve seen the last few years, it’s on me and a few other guys to pick up the slack and to step up,” Gardner stated. “Guys like me and Clint that maybe haven’t had a great month and a half to start the season, with these guys down, it’s something that we talk about. It’s time for us to step up and help the team in a big way and we expect to do that.”
The longer this malaise persists, the extra we’ll surprise if that is the actual Yankees offense. If it’s, the Yankees gained’t be placing on any airs in any respect come October.