If your answer were the Yankees offense was stale once again, which wasted another picturesque pitching performance this time featuring Hiroki Kuroda, you would be correct.
The Yankees bats mustered up one run against the Tampa Bay Rays, who only scored two in total but that was good enough to win, 2-1.
The 2014 MLB season is officially over the halfway hump, and the Yankees are heading into the second part of the year, as a .500 team with a 41-41 record.
If you can believe it, the 2013 Yankees were a better team at this time last year with a record of 43-39; and they also were in 2008, at 44-40. Both those seasons the Bronx had no baseball playing come October, but since the AL East has nose-dived as a whole in 2014, the Yankees miraculously still have a fighting chance if they can play better.
Everyone and their mother are aware that the Yankees offense is killing them this season.
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Prior to the season it’d be considered a big deal any time the Tampa Bay Rays appeared on the New York Yankees schedule, but that’s certainly no longer the case. Currently Yankees tickets are averaging $82.14 for the upcoming series, which is 45 percent below the season average. The Rays have been a huge disappointment this season, currently tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the worst record in baseball. While the Yankees have done better, they’re still just at 41-39 with a -32 run differential that is barely better than the Rays’ -37. But that’s been good enough to keep the Yankees in the division race, just two games behind the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays.
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Even with the Rays lackluster season, they still can throw out better pitching than the Yankees. Nowhere is that more obvious than the first game of the season where the Yanks are once again forced to send David Phelps out with all the injuries affecting their rotation. Phelps has surprisingly been one of the Yankees better pitchers this season despite fairly pedestrian numbers all across the board. Makes sense that the game is the cheapest of the series with an average of $72.62 and a get-in price of just $8. Meanwhile Chris Archer gets the start for the Rays, and Archer would easily be the second best pitcher behind Masahiro Tanaka on the Yankees. He has 2.2 wins above replacement (WAR) in his 93 innings pitched, Continue reading ‘Tickets For Yankees – Rays Series 45% Below Yanks Home Average’ »
My dad used to always say, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.”
So, when the New York Yankees (41-39) lost the rubber game to the Boston Red Sox (38-44) last night, 8-5 yesterday, it was more than just a typical, regular season series to blow.
Heading into the weekend three game set, the Bronx Bombers had not one, but two opportunities sitting a silver platter ripe for the picking; and one game was a Masahiro Tanaka start to boot.
Friday night with Vidal Nuno on the hill, the Yankees beat Boston 6-0 with Vidal Nuno on the hill.
And all felt great in Yankees Universe especially with Tanaka starting Saturday.
Well, that positive feeling was short-lived as the Yankees offense scored only one run, and lost to Red Sox Jon Lester, 2-1.
Tanaka pitched all nine innings, and the offense didn’t get past second base after the third inning. It was a pathetic showing once again, and watching this anemic offense again was frustrating beyond belief.
After hitting the walk-off winning homer last Friday night vs. the Orioles, New York Yankees DH, Carlos Beltran told the NY Post, “Baseball is a long season and there’s gonna be a lot of ups and downs. I feel like early in the year we weren’t clicking. Right now the chemistry is good. … When you win, it’s easier.”
Since that night, the Yankees have gone 1-4, bumping themselves down to third place in the AL East with 2.5 games separating them from the Blue Jays, and a half game away from the Baltimore Orioles. And MLB betting odds are not being favorable towards the idea that the Yankees can oust either divisional rival at the moment.
The above scenario of winning and losing games in tight bunches is about the only thing the 2014 Yankees do consistently.
What worries me the most is the way the Yankees make losing seem effortless, and winning a constant battle.
The pitching has kept them competitive in the weak AL East, while the hitting continues to be the Yanks Achilles’ heel.
Let me get right to the point, do you think it is time for the Captain, Derek Jeter to move himself down in the batting order?
WHY DID I ANSWERED YES:
1) History doesn’t win games today.
Yes, Jeter occupied the Yankees two-hole for the majority of the first 13 seasons of his 20-year career, 1392 games and 5676 at-bats to be exact. No doubt, the Captain had major success in this spot posting a career batting average of .311 with 707 RBIs, 137 homers, and 1001 runs.
In 2009, Jeter started hitting lead off almost permanently. And once again, he shined in the 979 games, 4133 at-bats with 102 home-runs, 199 doubles, 428 RBIs, 404 walks, 108 stolen bases and a career .310 batting average at the top of the order.