The Yanks dropped a 7-5 game to the Blue Jays on Monday, but the good news is that the Rays also lost. So the Yanks remain a 1/2 game (one game in the loss column) behind TB for the top spot in the AL East. The Yanks’ magic number is still one, meaning that a NYY win or Red Cox loss puts the Bombers in the playoffs.
AJ, yet again, looked like an asshole on the mound, giving up seven runs on as many hits in just 2 1/2 innings of work. In his second shortest outing of the season (he went two-plus innings in a July 17 game against the Rays, the “Kevin Brown episode”), AJ fell to 0-3 with a 9.84 ERA against the Jays this season.
While the Yanks got no help from Burnett, the bats came alive late to make it a game. Tex had a three-run homer and Grandy added a two-run jack. Grandy now has seven dingers over his last 12 games.
The Yanks were victimized early by Mark Rzepczynski, who tied a career high with nine strikeouts in four innings. He also set an American League record by fanning eight batters in a row. Cy Rzepczynski had allowed 11 earned runs in seven innings in two starts against the Yanks this season.
The team has now lost eight in a row against left-handed pitchers, while those hurlers are 6-0 in those eight starts. NYY had won nine of 10 against lefties before this slide. The Yanks were 19-9 last September but are 11-14 this September, not the best way to head to the playoffs.
In hopes of clinching a playoff spot, the Yanks will send CC to the mound on Tuesday for his first start against the Jays this season. He hasn’t faced them since last May. Toronto will counter with Kyle Drabek, who went to the Jays in the deal that sent Roy Halladay to the Phils. He’s making his third career start and first against the Yanks.
LET’S GO YANKS!!!!