The New York Yankees wrapped up the regular season with the loss of the Miami Marlins, who are currently 31-29 on the season. The Yankees are only a smidge better, despite having a much more robust and lucrative roster.
Sometimes, the numbers game can be effective, as the Marlins have taken an analytical approach and utilized a youth agenda to their advantage. The Bombers, on the other hand, have dealt with injuries all season, and their star players have been inconsistent at best.
The offense failed to put up any points in the contest, despite putting up 11 on Saturday afternoon. This was a disappointing way to end the regular season, especially with the postseason starting soon. With little momentum, the Yankees will have to find a way to spark their batters.
FINAL SCORE: 5-0
Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:
The good news is the Yankees are a postseason team, they finished with the fifth overall seed after the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5. However, the Yankees are 22-8 at home and a completely different team when playing away. They will have to travel to begin their playoff series.
More positive news, lead-off hitter DJ LeMahieu recorded his 80th multi-hit game since 2019, which is the most in the MLB. He also wraps up his regular season with 8.36 for batting average, which earns him the batting title.
Offensively, LeMahieu had a solid day, of course, recording two hits over three at-bats and a walk.
Pitching remains inconsistent for the Yankees, as youngster Clarke Schmidt tossed four innings of baseball. He allowed four hits and three earned runs, finishing his season with a 7.11 ERA.
The Yankeesâ€™ bullpen also contributed to the teamâ€™s loss, giving up two runs over 4.0 innings. The Yankees will take on the Cleveland Indians in the first series of the postseason, and considering how fantastic their pitching is, this will be a very difficult matchup.
Prior to falling to the Pirates on Saturday 8-0, Cleveland was on a six-game winning streak and had won their last eight out of nine games.
If manager Aaron Boone wants to make it far during exhibition games, his offense needs to find a way to get on base and produceÂ with runners in scoring position.