The New York Yankees lost 2-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday evening, with JA Happ on the mound. Lasting 6.1 innings and logging two earned runs, Happ actually had a fantastic outing. He racked up 10 strikeouts over 113 pitches, giving Michael King and Zack Britton a smooth ride the rest of the way. However, the offense couldn’t pick up the slack, despite a solid start from Happ.
Things are seemingly ripping apart at the seams, as the Yankees posted seven runs on Monday but followed it up with a one-run performance on Tuesday. They recorded five hits on the night, with youngster Miguel Andujar furthering his momentum as of late.
Andujar now hosts a .240 batting average, which is much better than it was just two weeks ago. Increased at-bats have given him more time and comfort at the plate, and it is proving to be beneficial. Leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu has struggled, and I believe he is still dealing with a thumb issue, but it’s simply playing through it.
Nonetheless, the Yankees have lost five straight, including two to the Toronto Blue Jays and three to the Baltimore Orioles. Slugger Luke Voit was angry after the game, and rightfully so.
Yankees’ Luke Voit was brutally honest about the state of the team:
“We’ve got to get back to what the New York Yankees are. I feel like teams aren’t even scared of us now. … We’ve been playing like crap.”
“I almost feel like it’s embarrassing for us right now.
Voit is having a solid season, hitting .273 with 14 homers and 29 RBIs. He was the only Yankees to cross home plate and put them on the board on Tuesday, but it simply wasn’t enough. The Yankees are now .500 on the season at 21-21, and desperately need their star players in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back. Manager Aaron Boone stated that they might not gain the two sluggers until late in the regular season and possibly the postseason, which means the Yankees will have to find a way to win immediately without their help.