Marcus Stroman's positivity after horrific loss is the vibe-check the Yankees need

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Monday night's loss to the Seattle Mariners was no doubt a momentum-killer. The New York Yankees had a three-run lead heading into the top of the ninth and lost. They even got back an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth after the M's chipped away in the top half.

But disaster struck. For some reason, manager Aaron Boone called on Clay Holmes to shut it down after using Luke Weaver for six pitches in the eighth (he followed Marcus Stroman's sterling 7 1/3 innings of work). On paper, bringing in your closer wasn't the "wrong" decision, but it felt like an unnecessary maneuver when there was no need to make a change.

In the end, Holmes got dinked and dunked. Gleyber Torres made an error (and Anthony Rizzo made a poor attempt at a scoop). Holmes surrendered four earned runs on four hits and two walks and the Yankees lost 5-4 after having the game won. Literally won. The Mariners recorded four of their seven hits and two of their three walks in that ninth inning.

But guess what? Great teams forget about it and move on. What's the sense in dwelling on a blown regular-season loss in May? The Yankees are the best team in the American League. You know who isn't forgetting that?

The guy who had his gem of a start absolutely blown by ridiculous occurrence after ridiculous occurrence. Marcus Stroman is here to reset the vibes, Yankees fans.

Marcus Stroman's positivity after horrific loss is the vibe-check the Yankees need

Guess what? Sometimes this happens. What did you think? Boone was going to continue pressing the right buttons all year long? Yeah right. Did you think Holmes wasn't going to suffer a trademark meltdown after it's been a literal trend for two-plus years now? Did you think he wasn't going to GIVE UP A RUN?! Come on, people.

The Yankees' success to date is no mistake. And one loss isn't going to change that. The baseball season is one full of uncertainty, unpredictability, and madness. Losses like these are sadly inevitable, even if they feel like they're very much avoidable.

Stroman obviously understands that, and his tranquility on the mound translated to some postgame messaging for the collective to digest.

New game on Tuesday. Clarke Schmidt's on the mound, coming off a career-best start. Monday's loss should be deleted from everyone's brains by the time first pitch comes at 7:05 p.m. ET.

If Stroman says so, after he watched his best outing of the season go up in flames, then everybody else has no choice but to listen.