You’ve seen this show three times before, but it somehow manages to get worse after each viewing.
In the last game of the 2013 Subway Series, the Yankees sent Vidal Nuno to the rubber to try and end the team’s four game losing streak and salvage one game from what has been a pretty awful series for them. Now, tell me if this sounds familiar: The Yankees faced a bad pitcher and managed to parlay that into a feeble offensive output.
On the pitching side, it appeared that the regression monster decided to finally come out from under Nuno’s bed as Marlon Byrd blasted a two-run homer into the left field stands in the second inning. But he would settle in, pitching six strong innings with the Byrd homer being the only blemish on his pitching line: 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K. He yielded to Shawn Kelley, who would work a perfect seventh, but his walk in the eighth would come around to score thanks to a third base line dribbler from John Buck off Joba Chamberlain that just managed to stay fair. Joba would stay in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth. Boone Logan made a token appearance.
The Yankees’ offense continued to be laughably inept from the very start, squandering two baserunners with no outs in both the first and second against the not very good Dillon Gee. Robinson Cano, being a great hitter and all, decided to launch a solo shot into the right field seats for the team’s first and only run of the night in the bottom of the third. And, well, that was about it. Gee would go on to notch a career-high twelve strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work. It also happened to be the record for strikeouts by a Mets pitcher against the Yankees. The Mets bullpen fared just as well, as the Yankees mustered literally nothing for the rest of the game.
You can blame the injuries, roster mismanagement or just plain old regression to the mean, but right now the offense being put on the field is pitiful. I’d rather watch just about anything other than this team hit right now. Maybe I’ll just listen to the radio broadcasts. I’d rather my ears bleed than my eyes.
The Yankees entertain the beloved Boston Red Sox at the Stadium at 7:05 PM tomorrow in the first of a three-game set. Ideally, the imminent return of Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis will prevent them from being shut down three days in a row by an actual good team. Yeah, optimism!