The Yankees are 0-5 against Boston getting outscored 38-23 against their rivals. They are 8 of 54 (.148) with runners in scoring position over those five games.
Joe Girardi talked after the game about his team needing to come out tomorrow with a chip on their shoulder. That’s all well and good. But Boston is headed home to play Cleveland. The Rays are here tomorrow.
The Yankees have 25 players on their roster and you can make a case that 11 of them (Berroa, Pena, Cervelli, Gardner, Robertson, Ramirez, Melancon, Veras, Albaladejo, Hughes and Aceves) may or may not belong in the big leagues at this point. That’s 44 percent of your team.
The Yankees have too many injuries to expect them to be better than 13-13. It’s somewhat of a miracle they’re .500, actually. This isn’t about being tougher, it’s about being better.
As Tyler Kepner and I were walking back to the press box, he made an interesting point. It’s not so much that the Yankees lose games, it’s how they lose games. They’ve lost five to Boston. They’ve had losses when they’ve allowed 10 (twice), 15, 22 and 16 runs. Their losses are hideous.
I don’t think it would be fair to pin it on Joe Girardi. But the manager is lucky that reasonable Hal Steinbrenner is running the team and not his impetuous father.
Thanks for reading today. Back at it tomorrow.