The New York Yankees have lost five of the past seven games they have played. Is it their uncertain lineup? Their lack of offense? Whatever it is, it’s time for the Yankees
to pull it together and get some wins.
On Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics, the Yankees lost 5-2 in 10 innings. The Yankees’ standout player during this game? Mark Teixeira. It was great to see him back in action again after having missed two games because of a flareup in a previous wrist injury he’s had.
In the first inning, Teixeira hit a fly ball that allowed Gardner to race home for the Yankees’ first run. Then in the sixth inning, Teixeira hit his 10th homer of the season. The look on the Athletic’s pitcher Scott Kazmir’s face was priceless. I was actually impressed with Kazmir, it seemed like nothing was getting past him during this game. He struck out 10 and made six hits over seven innings.
Sadly, Teixeira’s home run was the Yankee’s only extra base hit of the night. With Brian McCann in his slump and now Alfonso Soriano going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Tuesday’s game and his batting average dropping 29 points since mid May, it’s safe to say the Yankees’ offense needs help.
I thought the Yankees did well defensively until pitcher Dellin Betances allowed a walk to Alberto Callaspo in the eighth. Betances hadn’t allowed a walk in his past 10 appearances. The Yankees’ bullpen has definitely been their strength this season, it’s the lineup that’s struggling to put up runs. It kind of makes me want to go out there and help them myself because it’s starting to get painful to watch. If they could only hear me screaming at the TV when they disappoint….
As frustrated as manager Joe Girardi might be, he still looks ahead to figure out what can work best for the team.
“You’ve just got to keep running them out there, and they’ve got to get the job done,” Girardi said. “That’s the bottom line. We’ve had different people in the lineup, and everyone’s had a shot. We’ll continue to try to put out what we feel is the best matchups against certain people, and we’ve got to get it done.”
This game was definitely close though, and I hope the Yankees seek revenge in their next two games against the Athletics. I know Betances certainly will.