The Yankees have the nicest clubhouse in the game. It cleared out tonight like somebody tossed in a stink bomb.
A four-game losing streak will do that to a team. The Yankees have eight losses in their last 12 and already have fallen 5.5 games out in the AL East assuming the Blue Jays hold on.
Joe Girardi said before the game that he wasn’t worried about his job. But at the pace his team his on, somebody in Tampa is going to start asking questions soon. The Yankees built a $1.5 billion stadium and dropped another $210 million on the payroll. This isn’t what they expected. It’s hard to sell those pricey seats when the team stinks.
“We’re going to be OK,” Mariano Rivera said. “It’ll turn around.”
A.J. Burnett boldly said the Yankees “would be ridiculous” once they start playing well. Meanwhile, he and CC Sabathia are 3-3 with a 5.05 ERA. The Tycoon Twins have been part of the problem, not the solution.
But you can’t blame Burnett for being confident. All the Yankees do is talk about how good they will be. There needs to be talk about how good they are. The Yankees have played .539 baseball since the start of last season.
Yes, there are injuries. But the Yankees also are 4 for 32 with runners in scoring position the last four games. They can’t find a reliever worth trusting. The aggressive style of play Girardi promised back when he was hired doesn’t exist.
Even the usually sunny Mark Teixeira was sour tonight.
“We found another way to lose,” he said.
And he’s only been in pinstripes for five weeks.