Typical slump time for a contending team is just about up, and the Yankees seem to be progressively getting worse.
Here are some daunting facts that all of us have to face:
Fact…The Yankees have now lost seven of their last nine games after getting blown out by the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 last night in the Bronx.
Fact…The Yankees hitters are posting a .238 batting average, which ranks 24th in the majors. And they have the 20th least runs scored with 279 on the season.
Fact…The team’s .301 on-base percentage is the ranks 23rd lowest; slugging percentage sits at an all time low at .379, which lands them with the 22nd worst in the Bigs.
Fact…They have a -5 run differential (RS -279; RA -284), the Yankees have given up five more runs than they have scored on the season. Just to compare, on June 21, 2012, the team had a run differential of +54. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Do you know the facts?’ »
After Tuesday night’s game got bumped making Wednesday a doubleheader, the older of the two starting pitchers traditionally picks the game he wants to start in.
Kuroda picked the day game, which worked out great as the Yankees won 6-4 with Mariano Rivera clocking his 25th saves of the season.
Heading into the doubleheader the Dodgers were 10-20 on the road, and have a 29-39 record, which has kept them in the NL West cellar all season long.
Plus LA was countering Hughes with Chris Capuano on the bump, and his numbers make Hughes look like an ace.
Capuano came into the game with a 1-4 record over eight stars, with an ERA of 5.45. In his last two starts he was tagged for eight runs, three homers and seven walks.
So as I headed up to the Bronx on the 4-train, I was hopeful that if Hughes can muster up a good outing the Yankees could win this game no problem.
Well that dream was short-lived, as things got ugly real fast for Hughes, who got spanked around from the get-go.
Hughes gave up five runs, 10 hits and no walks with just three strikeouts over six innings pitched. He got tagged with the loss, making Hughes 3-6 on the season.
Now to be fair the Yankees offense was useless, mustering up three hits in total and made Capuano look like a CY Young contender.
During the game my emotions went from yikes to uttertorture. And by the time I finally convinced my friend to get the heck out of dodge literally my stomach was churning. I would have run back to Manhattan if need be as the Yankees lost the game 6-0.