New York Yankees need to stop slide

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

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira

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.

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  • Gollywobbles

    Injury excuse is no good. Cashman and Girardi knew of the fragility of their recently acquired seniors.
    The fact that the team is utterly helpless with RISPs shows the weakness of Girardi’s moves. He continues to bat Jeter second, yet Jeter as 1 HR and 12 RBIs, and this is June! He uses the DH
    as an opportunity to add a power bat, but as a “rest area!”
    Of late, even the relievers have faltered. Others have commented that when the TV cameras show the Yankee dugout, there are just blank faces staring into the distance. Wen runners in scoring position,
    hitters often tend to get called out on strikes! Why did their bring a bat to the plate?
    And others have also noticed the empty seats at the stadium. If the miserable record on the field
    does not stir the Steinbrenner boys, perhaps a smaller gate will get their attention.

    One sportswriter gave the Yanks a C or C- for their current year — but there are only two grades for the New York Yankees, it is either A or F !!!