Despite Win Streak, Yanks Inconsistencies Continue to Show
Just when we all thought things were getting better, the Yanks have failed to come through yet again. Losing their last two to their Division rival Jays after a 6-game win streak has the squad at 22-24, and 6.5GB of the Boston Red Sox.
Tonight, they have yet another important early AL East divisional series at Tampa Bay. Good news is they'll send Tanaka (2-0, 3.24) out there this evening. Bad news is Chris Archer (3-5, 5.16) will be on the bump for the Rays. Archer has not been anywhere near as dominant as he was last year, but seeing the way the Yanks have hit, his stuff won't need to be all that great to keep them at bay. I mean for god sakes they made Marco Estrada and J.A. Happ look like they could be contending for a Cy Young this year.
A-Rod made his way back into the lineup after having a couple good rehab games in Double-A Trenton. However, his approach has looked off to say the absolute least. Rodriguez turned in an 0-4 performance last night with 2Ks, lowering his average on the season to .184. Couple that with Mark Teixiera being out now for 3 days with a neck issue, plus his .195 average and you have yourself a big problem. Teixiera hasn't homered since the beginning of April, making his current homer-less drought the longest of his career.
Enough with the negativity, and let's talk about the intensity CC is taking to the mound every time he goes out there. A guy that is a recovering alcoholic and was a non-factor for the past couple years is now a force to be reckon with. His fastball reached up to 93 yesterday, 93!!!!!!! CC's changeup was working masterfully and complimented the heater he was locating well all afternoon. Sabathia has now turned in at least a 7 inning performance with 1 earned or less in his last three outings, the first time he's done that since 2011.
What this time needs is a spark on the offensive side. Cashman has to make a move to go get a big-time bat at the deadline if they decide to not be sellers. I know this team is capable of sneaking into the playoffs, they're just missing a couple pieces. Either way, this lineup needs re-structuring and it's getting to the time of the year when pivotal decisions must be made.
Let's focus on taking care of business in Tampa, and maybe even get on another nice little win streak. Leave your faith in Joe G and Cash because that's the best we've got, and it honestly isn't that bad when you think about it. Stay positive and there will be good things to come, whether it's now or in two years when we're the best team in baseball.
Let's catch a dub tonight, GO YANKS!