The New York Yankees entered Sunday afternoon’s game against the Boston Red Sox on a 10-game winning streak. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep the streak going as they lost 10-2. It was only a matter of time before the Yankees came crashing back down to earth, but their recent spurt of offensive power has put them in a great position to make the postseason.
Taking two out of three from the Red Sox is a solid result, and they will prepare for a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays this week.
Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:
There wasn’t much positive news from the Yankees’ loss to Boston. Starting pitcher Deivi Garcia only lasted three innings, allowing eight hits and six earned runs. His ERA shot up to 4.88 on the year on the back of a disappointing performance. Nonetheless, it’s fair to give him some slack given how strong he has looked this year in the absence of James Paxton.
offensively, the Yankees were unable to get anything going, but it does seem that shortstop Gleyber Torres is seeing the ball well, earning two walks on the day. Luke Voit, though, earned his 21st homer of the year, currently leading the league in the category.
There was plenty of bad news to go around for the Yankees, as Giancarlo Stanton struck out three times and they totaled only three hits on the afternoon. With 10 strikeouts throughout the Yankee batting order, they will need to re-invigorate their offense heading into a four-game series against Toronto. As for pitching, Garcia had a tough outing, and relief arm Jonathan Holder gave up four hits and three earned runs over two innings. The Yankees have a potential problem with their bullpen, especially during exhibition games.
Can the Yankees‘ back-end pitchers truly hold down the fort when it comes down to playoff games? Personally, I feel as though the starting pitching is a major factor and if they can’t last for more than six innings, the Bombers will have trouble sticking in games against better teams.