Until yesterday, the Yankees were the only team in baseball that had not lost four straight games this season. Until this weekend, there was every reason to feel good about a team that had surged to the best record in baseball and built a considerable lead in the division.
Should that feeling change after a four-game sweep in Oakland?
“Not at all,” Mark Teixeira said. “We just need to score more runs. That’s the fact of the matter. It’d be one thing if guys were going down left and right, we were giving up a ton of runs, and getting our butts whipped. Were all the games one-run games? Yeah. We’re just one or two hits away from being where we need to be. So you learn from it, and you make sure when those opportunities come up tomorrow, we come through. Or hit more home runs, one of the two.”
This team has gone through stretches when its power-based lineup has struggled. It happened this weekend against the pitching staff with the lowest ERA in the American League.
How much of that was due to the A’s (talented and unfamiliar) and how much was because of the Yankees (aging and one-dimensional)?
“We ran into the green machine over there,” Alex Rodriguez said. “Those guys are playing good ball, playing good baseball, pitching well. Everything they’re doing is working out well for them. That last inning they get an infield hit, a one-out sacrifice — which you don’t see very often — and a first-pitch base hit that kind of epitomizes how they’re going. We just have to keep going. Keep playing hard. Our guys threw the ball very well. Get a little better timely hitting and we’ll be fine.”
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