It was only a week ago that the New York Yankees were embarrassed 22-4 by the Cleveland Indians in front of a National T.V. audience on the FOX Network at Yankee Stadium.
This Saturady, as Yogi Berra once said, was “deja vu all over again”, as the Yankees were soundly beaten 16-11 by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, after a very shocking 5-4 extra innings loss on Friday night.
For anyone who says, it’s only April, and there are still many games yet to play, well, I would suggest, these games up in Boston are very important games; all games against the Red Sox are always important; all games on the schedule are very important, as they “all” count in the standings; especially, games the Yankees play against the Red Sox, and the rest of the AL East.
In September, we will all be looking back at the last two brutal Yankee losses, games the Yankees had the lead in, and should have won; and, we will all realize full well that these two games most certainly count in the standings.
The Yankees left way too many runners on base, batting only 4-for-19 on Friday night; and, 3-for-17 in Saturday’s game, for an overall 7-for-36 in the first two games of this three-game series. This is a big reason why the Yanks lost both games.
But, of course, the Yankees problems run deeper than just the many runners left on base.
The starting pitching and bullpen has been very inconsistent right from the beginning of this season, and having five, six, or seven pitchers on the mound in every game is not a very successful strategy because we cannot expect every pitcher will be effective in every game they pitch.
The stats tell the story, the Red Sox simply outplayed the Yankees in the first two games of this series.
It’s only April, but all the games count !!!
Let’s hope, and pray, Andy Pettitte gives the Yankees [at least] a solid seven innings on the mound in tonight’s final game of this series; and, the bullpen is very effective closing out the game, leading the Yankees to a very “big” and “important” victory.
Every win now, in the early season, is important for the Yankees playing baseball in October.