Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 26, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
After another ruff patch, the New York Yankees seem back on track winning a third game in row, 6-4 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, following taking the two prior to split a four-game set vs. the Chicago White Sox.
Beating the Cards at Busch Stadium marked the Yankees second extra-innings win in their last six games, leaving them 4-1 in games that went over nine-innings.
Presently, the Yankees are in second place in the AL East, two back from the hot Toronto Blue Jays who are 9-1 in their last 10-games, and are looking to earn their eighth “W” in a row tonight.
Reality is the Yankees cannot afford to have another mini-collapse with the way the Blue Jays are rolling. Toronto just swept the AL leading Oakland A’s, which means this team is for real.
No doubt, May has not been the healthiest month for the Yankees, as the injuries seemed to come from every direction.
Games that were winnable turned into lost opportunities because this 2014 team has not found its groove, and they desperately need. The Yankees have faked fans by looking real good, only to got and lose a few stingers in a row.
True, the Yankees did beat the Cubs, 4-2 in the second game yesterday afternoon. And yes, it did take 13-innings to accomplish, but it doesn’t get better for fans than when their team shows some fight.
As watching the Yankees tank, 6-1 against the Cubs, and Masahiro Tanaka get tagged for his first loss in 42 starts was completely unnerving.
It marked the 12th lose where the Yankees have scored two or less runs this season
One thing is for certain; when the 2014 Yankees lose, they do it well.
It is true that Tanaka was off last night, but did skipper Joe Girardi did not need to remove him after the sixth inning. Tanaka had only allowed three runs to score, and had thrown just 88 pitches and he could have held the Cubs right there at least.
Not like it mattered in the end, as the Yankees bats couldn’t make contact with a tennis ball but watching the bullpen tank made the whole “fan experience” even more detrimental.
Following winning two of three games vs. the Pirates over the weekend, the New York Yankees are back atop the AL East with a pitiful 23-20 record.
It is no big secret that the eternally dominant AL East has alarmingly turned into the weakest division in baseball. (All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com and MLB.com)
2014 AL EAST Standings - as of 05/20
And unlike the past, suffering from being internally uber-talented is no longer the culprit.
It seems the perpetrators for the Rays, Red Sox, Yankees and Orioles is lack of offense, and minus New York, the rest of AL teams. The Blue Jays have managed to stay even record-wise across the board, and are the only team hitting. And the NL teams have not posed an issue yet.
The Yankees happen to be the only one in the AL East yet to play one game against an AL Central team, but are about to start the second series vs. the Cubs tonight, which is odd. They are under .500 against the AL West; a 5-6 record I believe will flip back to in their favor soon.