Will Oriole Park at Camden Yards heal the Yankees’ offense like a go to to Key West healed Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines in “Running Scared”?
If it doesn’t, ought to that ship the Yankees operating scared?
Stipulated, pitching dominates the sport more than ever in 2021. Yet the Yankees’ batsmen aren’t struggling merely relative to current seasons. They rank among the many worst such models within the American League. So when their pitching downshifts from glorious to awful, because it did Thursday evening at Tropicana Field, the result is a 9-1 beatdown at the hands of the Rays — ending their four-game profitable streak with a thud.
“We didn’t swing the bats too well. Thankfully we had great pitching,” DJ LeMahieu mentioned. “We swung it just enough to win the series.”
Over their previous 5 video games, the Yankees have totaled 12 runs, a bit of over two per contest. Their 4-1 file throughout that stretch exemplifies the energy of their pitching, an attribute that actually would come in useful throughout the postseason, and it additionally displays positively upon their fortitude, given how laborious they competed as they endured an unnerving “breakthrough” outbreak of COVID-19 that sidelined Gleyber Torres, three coaches and 4 assist employees members. This loss didn’t block out the intense actuality that the Yankees have now gained their final 4 sequence, are 5-0-2 of their final seven units and simply stopped their skid of seven straight sequence losses to the rival Rays. They have departed disaster mode.
Some more runs, nevertheless, would ease the Yankees’ path to October.
Against the sport’s oldest competitor Rich Hill, 41, the Yankees managed solely three hits and three walks in 6 ²/₃ innings, putting out 9 occasions. What good is such a righty-leaning lineup if it can’t contact up a soft-throwing southpaw?
“He kept us off balance all night,” Aaron Boone mentioned, crediting Hill for altering speeds and arm angles to ship his trademark curveball, which traveled as sluggish as 67 miles per hour “and we just weren’t able to amount enough against him.”
With 143 runs on the season, a mean of three.86 per recreation, the Yankees led solely the Orioles (3.73) and Tigers (3.43) going into West Coast motion Thursday. Much of that injury got here within the early going, when nearly nobody was wanting like himself. Now, twin behemoths Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have loved some success; every contributed a success towards Hill.
Nevertheless, too many holes exist within the Yankees’ lineup. You can level a giant fingers at Clint Frazier (.141/.282/.283), arguably the most important disappointment to this point, who went 0-for-3 with a stroll. And with Torres, Aaron Hicks (left wrist) and Luke Voit (easing his manner again into motion) out of the lineup, their replacements Miguel Andujar (enjoying third base, with Gio Urshela shifting over to shortstop), Brett Gardner and Mike Ford mixed to go 0-for-10 with two walks.
“[There are] a few guys that are still scuffling to really get it going,” Boone acknowledged. “As an offense, we’re usually really strong when everyone’s kind of grinding you down a little bit. A few guys are still working hard to get clicking.”
If they don’t click on this weekend in Baltimore, then when and the place will they? Consider that the Yankees’ .799 OPS in 4 Oriole Park video games ranks as their greatest such fee wherever this season. While they had been nothing particular there final yr (.663, sixth of the 9 ballparks during which they performed), they put up a 1.123 OPS there in 2019, their second-best location, and .895 in 2018, third-best. Of course, a superb portion of that can be attributed to awful Orioles pitching, which can not be as awful anymore.
“We’re grinding. We’re putting together some good at-bats, some good innings,” Stanton mentioned, though the proof doesn’t essentially assist that, “but we’ve got to do that through and through all nine innings.”
“We’re in a good place,” LeMahieu insisted. “We’re ready to move onto Baltimore.”
They’ll transfer to a significantly higher place if Charm City offers candy freedom to the Yankees’ hitters.