The New York Yankees lost in Toronto for the second night in a row 4-1; and once again it was at the hand of the dead bats who left a total of 16 runners on base in both defeats.
The line-up couldn’t muster up anything to give Phil Hughes‘ a win after solid outing where he only allowed two runs to score in almost six innings of work.
Hughes was the only positive thing out of this mini-sweep at the hand of the Blue Jays, other than the unfailing bullpen.
The Yankees did kindly wake up Blue Jays slugger Joes Bautista who homered in each game and drove in three of the 12 total Toronto runs.
No doubt Yankee fans are pissed, which in New York actually means frustrated with a lot of passion, but can you blame them?
It would be one thing if the Yankee bats were swinging at air, or just getting out-pitched because at least than fans could feel sorry for them.
Problem is the Yankees can hit and get on-base, but scoring runs they cannot.
The Yankees love the home-run, as in their nine May losses they went homer-less in all nine of them.
Since power comes in waves and a team relies on going deep as their only way to score runs, they will be streaky and right now that is the Yankees in a nutshell.
Teams that are feared can beat you in many ways, consistently; but when the Yankees can’t go deep they can’t win. That explains why they are in the midst of their third three game losing streak this season.
The team has scored 178 runs but they have now allowed 171, which is about right in line for a team who now sits in fourth place in the AL East. And with the Red Sox having won five of their last six, things better change the fast or the Yankees will find themselves living in the cellar of the division by the Sunday.
Next up for the Yankees is an inter-league three game set against the Cincinnati Reds, which means more unfamiliar pitching.
In my mind, without even looking at the Reds pitchers stats you have to give them the clear advantage.
It would be a shame if the Yankees come home and go home-run crazy in the bandbox they call home.
This team needs to start playing baseball and leave the home-run derby for All-Star weekend.
Lastly, I am going to repeat something that I touched on last week, Mark Teixeira needs to be moved back to third as managers are starting to walk Robinson Cano to get to him and he has been utterly horrible.
Tex is a slow starter in April but once that calendar changes to May he perennially breaks out of his slump.
This is not the case this season, and it is killing the vibe in the middle of the line-up.
Girardi needs to go with the set order of Tex-Arod-Cano and not try to pull a Joe Maddon.
Over the last three seasons the heart of the Yankees order has never struggled like this so you have to turn back time and do what worked extremely well for three seasons in a row.
Times a wasting….