The New York Yankees might’ve posted their sleepiest loss of the season on Sunday night at Fenway Park, getting blanked 3-0 by Michael Wacha, Ryan Brasier and Garrett Whitlock before packing up their bats — just kidding, they didn’t bring those.
The worst part about the two-hour, 15-minute shutout? There wasn’t nearly enough time for the KayRod Cast with Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter! Well, no, the actual worst part was the horrific loss, but Rodriguez and Jeter reuniting alongside Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay was highly entertaining, especially whenever Rodriguez struggled to contain his vitriol for Yanks GM Brian Cashman.
Cash is fresh off an, uh, interesting trade deadline that was universally hailed as a win the day prior, only for everything to turn when Jordan Montgomery was jettisoned to St. Louis without a viable replacement in the pipeline.
The bottom line is, according to the plan, Cashman seems perfectly willing to sacrifice August with “enough of a cushion” on the division. He believes Domingo German can hold the fort until Luis Severino returns — and so far, so good — but even if he can’t … hey, it’s just August! He believes Giancarlo Stanton will be ready someday soon … but no worries if not, as long as he’s back by October! And he believes Harrison Bader can make an impact in center field before the season ends … but not in August, the Month That Doesn’t Matter.
Color Rodriguez confused. The ex-Yankee star doesn’t fundamentally understand why Cashman would both allow himself to get outbid on Luis Castillo while also subtracting Montgomery from the rotation.
Alex Rodriguez roasts Yankees GM Brian Cashman for losing Jordan Montgomery without adding Luis Castillo
See, A-Rod, in order to get Castillo, the Bombers would’ve had to part ways with Anthony Volpe, one of two superstar shortstop prospects in their system who they never intend to use. Hope that helps!
Draining the rotation’s chemistry midway through a potential championship season didn’t sit right at the time, and it makes even less sense now that the Bombers have spiraled through Seattle (twice), St. Louis and Boston. Add in Jameson Taillon feeling slapped in the face by losing Montgomery just before his start, as well as Luis Severino being forcibly exiled to the 60-Day IL, and you have Cashman-induced issues with half the rotation.
Rodriguez left no stone unturned in his Cashman roast, diving deeper on the past year-plus worth of moves, as well as the Yankees’ seemingly-deluded sense that they’re still kingpins in MLB.
Rodriguez, of course, was once awkwardly funneled off by Cashman, sent to Siberia midway through the 2016 season in a forced “retirement” that allowed the Yankees to play the kids. It’s unknown whether he harbors any ill will or not, but it certainly was humorous to see a big name actually take aim at Cashman’s confusing order of operations for once.
Any Yankee fan who would rather root for a team soaked in urgency could just head to St. Louis instead, where Montgomery is absolutely shoving.
The worst part of it all? The Yankees’ rotation has actually figured things out during their most recent turn, after sputtering for well over a month. Conversely, the offense has been putrid, and the experimental bullpen has been endlessly volatile.
If things were as simple as, “Lose Montgomery, Don’t Get Castillo, Things Fall Apart,” we could nod in lockstep with A-Rod. Sadly, while this uninspired Cashman maneuvering didn’t help, it turns out there are a whole lot more broken pieces floating around here lately.