It wasn’t a pleasant Easter Sunday for New York Yankees fans. For the second time in three days the offense looked as lost as ever.
One run. Five hits. Two walks. A 3-1 loss. Dropped the opening-season series against the Toronto Blue Jays in the Bronx.
Nobody wants to freak out, but why can’t the Yankees hit subpar pitching? Why does it feel like we’re the only team dealing with this problem? They’ve historically given Hyun-Jin Ryu a hard time. They took way too long to get into a groove on Saturday before putting five runs on the board (and it wasn’t pretty). And on Sunday they were completely shut down by six Jays pitchers.
Once again, the Yankees pitching largely gets the job done and the lineup is far from clicking.
The aggressiveness isn’t there. They’re taking a ton of strikes, giving the pitcher favorable counts, and then swinging at balls. Overly patient against inferior pitching. So much soft contact. Why?
The Blue Jays offense was hardly threatening all weekend, yet Toronto emerged with two wins. And the question marks surrounding the Yankees’ offense for the last few years continue to loom large.
No situational hitting. Boom or bust. Excessive strikeouts. And they’ve yet to see a truly elite pitcher.
The starting rotation has battled. The bullpen has gotten the job done with the exception of falling victim to the extra innings rule. The one aspect of this roster that shouldn’t be a question is the offense, yet here we are, asking endless questions three games into the new seasons.
It’s simply bizarre. Gary Sanchez is looking like the most poised hitter despite endless criticism from the last couple years. His home runs have provided hope. Otherwise, it’s been bloop singles finding open spots in the outfield. Uninspiring.
Every fan knows this will change. And there will be a nice 12-2 victory in our near future. But the consistently will always be in question until they can prove otherwise, especially in the postseason. Beginning the new year — after ending the last one in incredibly disappointing fashion — by scoring eight runs in three games against a below-average pitching staff at home and in front of fans for the first time since 2019 will do nothing but rub avid fans the wrong way, especially since those who have followed the team closely know that this is unacceptable.