The New York Yankees came into the year as one of the favorites in the American League, while AJ Hinch and the Detroit Tigers looked destined for another season at the bottom of the AL Central. That hasn’t stopped the Tigers from sweeping the vaunted, albeit injures, Yankees in their homestand over the weekend.
The Tigers were practically begging the Yankees to take control of this game. They rested several key offensive contributors, and starting pitcher Tarik Skubal came into the game with a 1-7 record and a 5.23 ERA.
Despite that, the Yankees rolled over and didn’t attempt to win in a 6-2 drubbing. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge were in the lineup against a lefty in Skubal, but he looked like Hal Newhouser against the Yankees, who struggled to even get the ball out of the infield.
Michael Kay was completely fed up with the feeble performance of his squad, as he unleashed on the Yankees for surrendering six runs in the first three innings while failing to make hard contact with Skubal for most of the afternoon.
The Yankees have really struggled against the Tigers.
Aaron Boone’s bunch had all the momentum in the world after taking down the Chicago White Sox in a sweep at home, and that was followed up with a poor showing against the Toronto Blue Jays in which the team’s only win came in one leg of a seven-inning doubleheader.
The Blue Jays don’t have the best pitching staff ever assembled, but the Yankees couldn’t hit them with an oar.
Detroit has plenty of talent in the minor league pipeline, but this team is by no means a quality major league club. The Yankees didn’t even manage a hit with runners in scoring position during the entire series before a meaningless Gleyber Torres RBI in the eighth inning. Even with some of the big boppers back, this offense is almost unable to get out of neutral.
Luke Voit is still on the mend, so the quick fix is not coming soon.
New York fielded a strong lineup today, but it was clear that they were looking forward to two upcoming series against the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. Both of these rivals have to be chuckling in absolute giggling contempt having seen this team wilt away against Detroit.
Tampa Bay and Boston both look like contenders this year, and the Bombers will be brushed aside like it’s nothing unless they find a way to wake this dormant offense up quickly. Repeating this unwatchable performance in their next series could help knock an already fractured team even more off-center.