Like we said, wake us up when the New York Yankees are ready to play baseball.
No fight. Not even a semblance of a fight. They’ve now scored a total of seven runs over their last three games, culminating with Saturday’s snoozer of a performance.
Five hits. Two walks. Two errors. Zero runs. A 4-0 Tampa Bay Rays victory. And that’s with Aaron Judge returning to the lineup after the much discussed injury concerns. They’ve already lost the series to their division rivals, who won’t even use Tyler Glasnow against them this weekend! They’re not even worth it!
The Bombers couldn’t capitalize after starter Chris Archer left the game with an injury. They faced five other pitchers for the remaining 6.2 innings and racked up … two hits and two walks. In their last 18 at-bats of the game? One hit. And your classic 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
Was there a specific take after this one? Not really. We’d sound like a broken record if we talked about the boom-or-bust offense again, which was in usual “bust” form in the early going of 2021.
Four runs shouldn’t be a daunting task for the offense to overcome, but they were playing the Rays, whose bullpen specializes in making the Yankees look like they never played baseball before.
Domingo German got the start on Saturday. In an effort to rebound after his lackluster showing during the season’s opening series against the Toronto Blue Jays, the right-hander once again saw his pitch count inflated early. He threw 79 pitches across four innings, over which he allowed four earned runs on eight hits (two of which were home runs) and a walk.
The right-hander did have some bad luck when a hard grounder bounce off his glove and floated into no man’s land, allowing two runs to score, but that’s been par for the course these last three games. Zero bounces going the Yankees’ way.
If you want some good news, Justin Wilson made his season debut and tossed an inning, allowing a walk while striking out two. Jonathan Loaisiga continued his impressive start to 2021 and struck out three over two scoreless innings. And Brett Gardner made a sweet diving catch at the warning track to make the loss look a little bit better.
That’s it, though! Everything else was uninspiring. Every hitter looks like their timing is completely off. Nobody really looks like they “want” it.
We’ll be here, though. Waiting. Waiting for somebody to do something. Jordan Montgomery takes the bump on Sunday. We’d tell you that’s something to look forward to, but once again, the starting rotation has been doing all the heavy lifting so far and has been keeping this team in every game. If the Yankees offense doesn’t show up, it doesn’t matter who’s pitching.