The New York Yankees offense finally showed up the past two nights. But have you been watching this team in 2021? Something else was bound to make it all come crashing down.
Tuesday night went fairly swimmingly. A convincing 11-5 win that was made possible because of relentless offense as well as the Los Angeles Angels shooting themselves in the foot.
Wednesday started off great! The Yankees knocked Shohei Ohtani out of the first inning and tagged him for seven earned runs before he could record three outs. The Yankees led 7-2 after that point. Seems like a relatively easy win, right?
Domingo German was bad and failed to go past three innings. The offense bungled a multitude of opportunities to further put their knee on the Angels’ neck. And there were two rain delays! You know that’s NEVER a recipe for a coast-to-coast win, especially with the Yankees.
But it sure felt like it for a moment! The Yankees cruised through innings 6-8 and the Angels seemed to be lying down. That is, until Aroldis Chapman came in, walked three batters, and gave up the game-tying grand slam in the ninth. The Yankees ended up losing 11-8 after Lucas Luetge allowed three runs of his own when he relieved Chapman. Worst loss of the season. Not even close.
Then Chapman had no choice but to go private on Instagram because fans have just about had it.
Aroldis Chapman’s awful performance cost the Yankees and prompted him to go private on IG.
There’s only so much more the fanbase can take. Chapman, who was lights out for April and May, has now been unpitchable (is that a word?) in June. When that second rain delay hit and it was clear the game would be going the full distance, we have to imagine some fans thinking, “I really don’t want Chapman trying to save a game within striking distance at 1 a.m. in the rain.”
Chapman at times psyches himself out in non-save situations. When he’s thrown off in any capacity — even if it’s because of the most minor hindrances — he can’t handle it. Control’s off for the first batter? Here comes loading the bases via walks. Aaron Boone makes you walk Carlos Santana after agreeing you’d pitch to him? Here comes a four-pitch walk to a guy who’s batting .000 to blow the lead.
This is the Aroldis Chapman Yankees fans have been terrified of for the past few years. Everybody knew the regression was coming after his unstoppable first two months, but, in another stunning twist, nobody figured it’d be this bad.
Chapman knows how bad it is too, based on his social media behavior. Yankees fans are ruthless and they wasn’t a chance they’d let him live that down after they were tasting the win from innings 1-8.
That was the first grand slam Chapman’s given up in his career. That’s just the way this year’s been going. Inexplicable occurrences from every angle that cannot be avoided.
The one thing the team can avoid though? Angry fans on social media … so long as they avoid platforms and/or shield themselves in the manner Chapman did.