Brian Cashman confirmed in a text message that the plan remains the same: Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are on their way and will be here tomorrow.
“It could be a great boost for us,” Joe Girardi said. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on the guys coming back, but it depends what kind of starts they get off to.”
The Yankees offense is awfully bad right now. In this four-game series sweep against the Mets, the Yankees were held to just one run three times. Tonight, Robinson Cano hit a home run in the third inning, and the Yankees didn’t have another base runner after that. That’s 20 batters without a single one reaching base.
“It’s frustrating,” Brett Gardner said. “We’re all out there battling, trying to succeed, trying to get in a position to win a ballgame. We had good pitching again today, and we didn’t find a way to support them.”
Some of this may be a return to normal for a team that seemed to be playing over its head for much of these past two months. Vernon Wells’ resurgence has hit a wall. Ichiro Suzuki’s has hit an abyss.
“I don’t know if they were playing over their heads,” Girardi said. “I think they were playing well. Whenever you’re playing well and you go through bad streak, you’re always a little bit surprised because you don’t know what necessarily triggers it. Then you start playing well again and sometimes you don’t know what triggers that. When you play 162 games, you’re going to go through these things.”
But five straight losses? Four in a row against the Mets? With the Red Sox coming to town. The Yankees are getting reinforcements, and they need them to be more than simply big names. The Yankees need a legitimate boost.
“I’m sure there will be a buzz in the air and there will be excitement again tomorrow,” Girardi said. “Tomorrow is as good a day to get back to our winning ways as any.”
• According to Elias, this was only the second time the Yankees had ever been swept by any team in a season series of at least four games. The only other time it happened was in 1990 when the Yankees lost all 12 games against the A’s. Similarly, it was the first time the Mets had ever swept a four-game season series against any team.
• Just a few days ago the Yankees were the only team in baseball that hadn’t lose more than two in a row this season. They’ve now lost five straight and seven of nine.
• This was the third straight game in which the Yankees didn’t draw a walk. They struck out a season-high 14 times, their most since September 5, 2012 at Tampa Bay when they struck out 15 times.
• Mets starter Dillon Gee had a career-high 12 strikeouts. “He didn’t leave many balls over the middle of the plate, it didn’t seem like to me,” Gardner said. “I can’t speak for other guys’ at bats, I didn’t see much on TV or video. He didn’t leave a whole lot of balls over the middle of the plate. Robbie and I took advantage of some pitches to hit in the first inning, we didn’t get anything out of it, and from there, he had his way with us.”
• Another terrific spot start by Vidal Nuno, who allowed two runs through six innings. He did not allow a hit after Anthony Recker’s second-inning double. “I couldn’t get in a rhythm (early),” Nuno said. “I don’t know what happened, but I just found it. A light switch came on the third inning and I got in a nice little rhythm.”
• Nuno became the first Yankees rookie to lose a game in which he pitched at least six innings and allowed three runs or fewer since Sam Militello in 1992.
• Is Nuno heading back to Triple-A tomorrow? “We haven’t talked about that,” Girardi said. Is Nuno thinking about the possibility? “No, it’s just day by day,” Nuno said. “I’ve got that mentality just day by day, and if it happens, it happens.”
• Cano went 2-for-4 with his 14th home run of the season. It came in his 53rd game. Last season, Cano did not hit his 14th homer until his 68th game. That was on June 20.
• Gardner has a seven-game hitting streak.
• Mike Ashmore has video of Teixeira and Youkilis during their postgame press conference.
• Final word goes to Girardi: “You know there’s a competitive edge in all those guys in that room. It’s hard when you lose to your crosstown rivals; you don’t want to be part of a team that gets swept by your crosstown rivals. Over time it’s going to happen, but you don’t want to be the team that it happens to.”
Associated Press photo (some sort of technical problem is keeping me from uploading new pictures tonight, so we’ll just go with the one I uploaded earlier)