It was only one game, but it felt like a summation of the state of the AL East race the Red Sox have grabbed by the throat over the last two weeks, to the indicate where unexpected it looks as if they competence run divided with the multiplication title.
So much for that Friday night spectacle win reviving the Yankees’ offense and rising a run to first place.
Or to put it another way: man, the vibe certain changed fast.
With their ace on the pile reduction than 24 hours after that feel-good quip victory, the Yankees had to be meditative this weekend could infer to be a branch indicate in throwing the Red Sox.
Instead Luis Severino took a singular pulsation at the Stadium on Saturday as the Sox flexed the long-ball muscles they’ve re-discovered lately, with Andrew Benintendi attack a span of three-run home runs.
The outcome was an nauseous 10-5 detriment that left the home group confronting the daunting awaiting of wanting to kick Chris Sale on Sunday night to win the series.
Yes, it really does feel as if the Yankees are in big trouble, at slightest as distant as throwing the Sox. They are 4½ games out of first place, but some-more to the point, the Sox are flying, with 9 wins in their last 10 games, while vivid issues continue to mountain for the group in pinstripes.
Most significantly, on Saturday Masahiro Tanaka assimilated CC Sabathia on the 10-day infirm list with arm tenderness that the Yankees labeled as shoulder inflammation. And while both he and the group pronounced it should be a short-term absence, the damage creates it that much harder to trust the Japanese star will find his ace-form with any coherence this season.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Jordan Montgomery was hit in the conduct by a fly round while signing autographs before Saturday’s game, leaving him with a cut on his right ear and some doubt about either he’ll be ok to representation Sunday night.
The Yankees put him by concussion custom and pronounced he should be excellent to make his start — as did Montgomery after the game.
But even if he is ok, the starting revolution is hurting. It seemed to be in good figure after the new trades for Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia, but at the very slightest the Yankees will need Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell, or Caleb Smith to make an emergency start against the Mets on Monday night.
Which stirred Joe Girardi to say: “It’s a damn good thing we done the additions we did, or we’d be really short.”
With all of that as a backdrop, Severino’s first clunker given Jul 2 apparently came at a bad time, and it’s satisfactory to consternation if he’ll hit a wall down the stretch, given he’s never thrown some-more than 114 innings in a season, and he’s now at 143 and counting after Saturday.
At the same time, he had been shining of late, call Girardi to contend he sees no signs of concern.
“If he has 3 or 4 bad ones back-to-back, then you worry,” the manager said. “He just wasn’t executing pitches today.”
Meanwhile, pitching is only partial of the concern, as Aaron Judge’s second-half unemployment grows some-more alarming, and as a result, the Yankee offense is malnutritioned some-more days than not.
I suspicion his lightning-bolt of a home run to right-center last Sunday in Cleveland competence get Judge back on track, but given then he has returned to looking lost. He has continued to follow fastballs up and sliders off the plate, while unwell to block up the hittable pitches he was abrasive in the first half, and holding way too many third-strikes.
After going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts looking on Saturday, Judge is attack .161 (15-for-93) given the All-Star mangle with 43 strikeouts, and he has K’d in 29 true games, which seems infinite after his conspicuous first half.
While he is still sketch adequate walks to have a .419 on-base percentage, his batting normal has depressed to .289 — from .329 at the All-Star break.
And as inconceivable as it was a month ago, when Judge was the transparent MVP of the AL, never mind Rookie of the Year, it’s not out of the doubt that Benintendi could give him a run for the rookie award.
The Boston outfielder’s altogether numbers don’t review yet, but he is as prohibited newly as Judge was in the first half. Together with visitor Eduardo Nunez and rookie call-up Rafael Devers, Benintendi has sparked the Red Sox offensively, attack .484 with 3 doubles, 4 home runs and 11 RBI in the last eight games.
For the deteriorate he’s attack .280 with 16 home runs and a .359 on-base percentage, which is a prolonged way from Judge territory, but much like their particular ballclubs, the two outfielders are headed in conflicting directions at the moment.
If Judge finds his game-changing stroke again soon, the Yankees could still make a run at these Red Sox. At the moment, however, it feels as if the AL East pretension is slipping divided in a hurry.
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