The New York Yankees fell to 40-38, dangerously close to .500 in a very competitive division, after losing the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels in Yankee Stadium. Itâ€™s the fourth consecutive defeat for a team that is quickly losing ground in the AL East.
The Yankees hit two home runs, one each by Giancarlo Stanton and Gio Urshela, and they still couldnâ€™t come away with the win. The Shohei Ohtani-led offense of the Angeles was too much for Mike King and the relievers last night.
â€œWe just haven’t showed up every night,â€ Stanton told MLB.com. â€œWeâ€™ll have spurts of it. But this game, these seasons, this uniform isnâ€™t about spurts. Itâ€™s about showing up every night, so we’ve got to pick it up.â€
The Yankees are now in fourth place
The fourth-place Yankees are now 7 1/2 games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox and fell behind the pesky Toronto Blue Jays. The Tampa Bay Rays are also above them in the East.
â€œTalk is cheap,â€ Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. â€œWeâ€™ve got to go and do it. As disappointing and as frustrating as it is to not grab this first one, especially coming off the weekend we had [in Boston], weâ€™ve got to go play and try and dig ourselves out of this.â€
The Yankees finished over 100 victories in each of Booneâ€™s first two full seasons at the helm. They are not only dangerously close to fall off that pace entirely, but they could miss the playoffs if there isnâ€™t a reaction soon.
Stanton still believes the Yankees can meet the huge expectations people have in them.
â€œAbsolutely. We have in the past,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™ve shown plenty that weâ€™re capable of doing it. It doesnâ€™t really matter, anything that I say right now. Weâ€™ve got to go do it. Words arenâ€™t going to do anything.â€