Last night was not part of the plan.
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.
Add that to their lack of experience vs. Samardzija, as the active Yankees hitters have a total of 16 at-bats against him.
So who Yankees are countering with on the bump?
Chase Whitley, who?
He was that guy who pitched 4.2 innings in the last game of the Subway Series.
I get that it was Whitley’s first start in the Majors, but he gave every reason for Girardi to keep him in but since the Yankees won the game that fact gets overlooked.
All I can say is poor Tanaka, as help from the Yankees offense, who are indebted to him big time for holding things together when the injury bug hit three weeks ago.
If the Cubs can beat Tanaka, the fear he was instilling around baseball took a small step backwards after last night.
Let’s hope the Yankees All-Star line-up actually starts to hit the darn baseball with consistency sometime soon.
As this group is established, and certainly good enough to hold down the fort and win some games in the Yankees while guys are mending.