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.
It was the best outcome that honestly, I didn’t think the Yankees had in them but they proved me wrong.
Beating the AL East leading Blue Jays in three games cut the Yankees deficit to just a game and a half back to catching Toronto. And getting three wins at Yankee Stadium finally has the Bronx Bombers to playing .500 at home (16-16).
This series was the first time all season that I have seen the Yankees gel as a whole.
Without question the pitching was the MVP, as Tanaka, Christy, Phelps, Betances, Robertson and Warren all were darn close to perfect.
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