Yankees: Sleepy Offense + Woeful Pitching = Another Loss At Fenway

Yankees Fire Sale 2021 (NY Times)

It’s not that the Yankees lost another game at Fenway, as much as it is the way they lost. We keep hoping, but this team is just not good.

The Yankees scratched out six hits last night, all but two singles, while going 1-9 with runners in scoring position and leaving eleven runners stranded.

Gerrit Cole - Frustrated as we all are (AP)
Gerrit Cole – Frustrated as we all are (AP)

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole barely made it through five innings, looking totally out of gas after 104 pitches as he labored along trying to find just one pitch from his repertoire that would work for him.

And once again, it was the Yankees’ bullpen that couldn’t hold the lead to get the job done for Aaron Boone.

This time it was Nestor Cortes Jr. coming back from a COVID induced layoff looking to find the magic he had produced before as a starter, surrendering three runs in Boston’s bottom of the seventh inning, to put the game out of reach for the Yankees feeble offense.

Yankees: How Many Times…

How many times have we hoped? How many times have we said this is a good team just waiting to come together?

The Yankees are not a good team, and the best they can do now is tread water against a better team – if they win the final two games today and tomorrow against the Red Sox.

Not only that, but next up are the Tampa Bay Rays, who may even be a better team than the Red Sox.

Forget the upcoming trade deadline in five days because there will be no drama and no need for the Yankees to buy anyone if they can’t win four of the next five before Friday.

On The Yankees And Getting Real

No one writes off the New York Yankees – do they?

Just do the math...
Just do the math…

Well, this team is making it very difficult not to.

Aaron Boone talks about the deep hole they’ve dug for themselves and how the clubhouse is still alive with confidence and desire – because, given time – this Yankees team is better than they’ve shown.

Joe Maddon is fond of saying a team is only as good as their record says they are – voila – this is the AL East Standings as of this morning.

Nine games back and 4.5 games behind the last Wild Card spot – with only 66 games remaining in the regular season – draw your own conclusions.

I’ll do the math for you. To finish with 90 wins, the Yankees need to play .600 baseball, going 40-26 to finish the season.

The Oakland A’s, one of baseball’s most consistent teams, needs only 34 more wins to reach the same mark and one they can achieve by playing at a .492 pace to close out their season, along with the Yankees’ hopes to snare the Wild Card spot from them.

Naysayer or realist – what am I?

Yankees: Sell, Sell, Sell

But if I were Brian Cashman, I wouldn’t be wasting my time or Hal Steinbrenner’s money trying to shore up this Yankees team.

Instead, I’d be trying like hell to unload the deadwood on this team, beginning with Luke Voit, Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier – and I’d have feelers out there for Gleyber Torres, Jameson Taillon, Zack Britton, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, and Aaron Hicks.

That’s right – a complete Yankees makeover that removes salaries and opens the door for the Yankees to make the moves they need and are accustomed to making during the offseason as a prelude for 2022.

Trading away injured players like Frazier, Voit, and Hicks is a challenge, but Cashman, in theory at least, still has the magic want to make things happen.

This Ain’t The Ole’ Days

Older Yankees fans remember 1978, the year that saw the Yankees overcome a 14 1/2 game deficit, dispose of the Boston Red Sox in a one-game playoff, and come back from a two games to none hole to beat the Dodgers in the World Series.

But is anyone prepared to measure Ron Guidry, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Bucky Dent, Goose Gossage, and Lou Piniella – a team that played with fire in their eyes all day every day – against this collection of Yankees?

Redefining The New York Yankees

So, how about we simply get real here. Sell off what they can, play the kids, and start now to prepare for an offseason that redefines the New York Yankees.

Because anything else at this point is merely dust in the wind…

Here’s What Readers Are Saying…

Ben Grippi This team isn’t a trade away from greatness. It’s poorly constructed from top to bottom. They need upgrades at: SS, OF, 1B, RP and SP. There is nothing they can do in the trade market that will make them a World Series team. It’s time to sell and rebuild. The worst thing they can do is drag this out again into next season. Blow it up. Let the kids play.

Ed Tunz Hernandez No heart no energy just walking zombies playing baseball. It feels terrible even watching the games you can feel that negative energy this team carries. I canceled my MLB subscription yes network all of it I’m not paying to watch this team lose.

Joe Cavanagh Agree 100%.. They are simply not a championship team in ANY way…Hitting, fielding, starting pitching, relief pitching, base running, baseball IQ, managing………What else is there? If it were Minn or KC, we would not even be talking about their 2021 possibilities anymore. DOA…
Mark Iozzi Unfortunately at this point there are too many holes right now. No real timetable on Severino or Kluber. And they can’t outslug teams with this current group. Not sure what they could sell off at this point, but with too many questions, I don’t want them to be buyers and give away talent to be a wild card team.
Earl Smith U are aware we have 3 key players not in the lineup at this point

Closing Published Comments And Final Thoughts

With today’s 4:05 pm start closing in, we’ll close published comments on this one.

I tried hard to keep this fair when browsing through comments, but for the first time, readers are really starting to wonder about this Yankees team. It ain’t over til it’s over, Yogi said, but as I said – do the math and draw your own conclusions. Alas.

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