The New York Yankees have lost four consecutive games as their offense continues to struggle, scoring just six runs during their latest losing streak. Falling to the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of the series 3-1, even starting pitcher Jamison Taillon indicated he could use a bit more support in the run department.
When fellow players are commenting on the lack of offensive production, you know things are getting serious, as it seems the Yankees have completely hit a wall. Whether it be their players struggling or teams finally figuring out how to pitch around their slew of sluggers, they must find a way to snap their bad luck before skipper Aaron Boone is thrown under the bus.
In fact, the Yankees are playing so poorly, they allowed 41-year-old pitcher Rich Hill to last 5.0 innings, allowing just three hits and throwing zero pitches over 90 mph. It is almost funny how deprived the Yankees are playing, as Taillon also struggled, allowing three runs before handing the ball onto the bullpen.
Good news and bad news for the Yankees:
Thereâ€™s plenty of negativity to go around for the Bombers, as fans booed Giancarlo Stanton for his performance, striking out twice and lowering his average to .259. Stanton is still working his way back from the groin injury, but the ridiculous number of issues heâ€™s dealt with over the past few years has caused fans to feel disgruntled and hostile.
â€œHeâ€™s been back a couple days. G will be fine,â€ manager Aaron Boone said. â€œAs long as heâ€™s healthy and starts to get his reps going, heâ€™ll be fine.â€
In more positive news, reserve outfielder Miguel Andujar had a solid outing, recording two hits and a run over four at-bats. He now has a .242 average, steadily climbing as he earns more time due to injuries.
â€œIâ€™ve been consistently getting more at-bats,â€ Andujar said through an interpreter. â€œThatâ€™s the big difference. Iâ€™m seeing more of an opportunity to get in there and play the game.â€
The Yankees are currently underway in a seven-game homestead against the Rays and Boston Red Sox, giving them a fantastic opportunity to make up some ground in the AL East. Unfortunately, the team continues to struggle in various categories, as shortstop Gleyber Torres recorded his third error in two days, and the Yankees grounded into a major-league high 52nd double play. Andujar might be the only positive thing to record, but I would argue the bullpen also looked solid, striking out four batters and allowing one hit over the final four innings of the contest.