Yankees: Good news and bad news in embarrassing loss to Rangers

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

The Texas Rangers entered Tuesday against the New York Yankees six games below .500 and on a six-game losing streak. However, they extracted a victory against the Yankees by a score of 5–2, as the Bombers couldn’t get anything going on offense, producing yet another dismal performance.

Production in the batter’s box has been hard to come by for the Yankees, as they desperately push to break out of their current funk. While they did string a few victories together last week, they’ve lost two in a row and seem to have lost their spark.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

As aforementioned, the offense was inadequate, recording just seven hits and two runs against one of the worst teams in baseball. To put it into perspective, they allowed Jordan Lyles to last 6.0 innings, giving up just one run. He currently has a 5.93 ERA and had lost three games already this season. Lyles is on the board for nine home runs, and 29 total runs this year, and the Yankees only managed one with their star-studded lineup.

Even without Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks, they should’ve been able to produce more, as a Gio Urshela single drove in a run in the first inning, and it took until the eighth for Luke Voit to add to the total (2).

However, the pitching was also inconsistent, as Gerrit Cole had the worst performance of the season, allowing seven hits and five runs over 5.0 innings. He did strike out seven batters but gave up to homers and two walks, currently sitting with a 2.03 ERA.

“Obviously a little frustrating especially when you’ve got Gerrit going and he has an uncharacteristic inning where they draw a crooked number on him, we weren’t able to go out and grab it back or really muster anything from there,” Aaron Boone said. “So [it was] frustrating, especially after a lot of good at-bats, a lot of hard contact in the first inning. We’ve got to keep pouring it on. We’ve got to keep grinding at-bats. We’ve got to get a little better in that regard.”

There was some positive news, as Albert Abreu lasted 3.0 innings and struck out four batters, not allowing a hit. The Yankees might have something in the young right-handed pitcher, who has only one year of experience at the MLB level but looks good and his third appearance of the season.

The Yankees will look to pick things back up on Tuesday against the Rangers, as they host Jameson Taillon as their starting pitcher, who currently has a 5.40 ERA and has given up eight home runs thus far. He’s due for quality performance, so hopefully, he will bounce back in a positive way.