Yankees’ offense fails to back Gerrit Cole and keeps struggling

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu
Oct 5, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) bats against the Minnesota Twins in game two of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees’ offense hasn’t had a good week to this point. Before Saturday’s action, the unit had scored 11 runs in four games, an average of 2.75 per contest, which just isn’t going to cut it in modern baseball.

In three of those games, the Yankees’ hitters were held to just two runs. The offense was missing Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, and Luke Voit, while other stars such as DJ LeMahieu are struggling to get anything going.

Last night against the Detroit Tigers, they failed to back their ace, Gerrit Cole, who threw six innings of one-run ball.

The most worrying aspect of yesterday’s game was that the Yankees stranded 12 runners. They had several opportunities to score in the late innings but couldn’t have the big hit of the inning.

The Yankees missed several opportunities

The Yankees had runners on first and third with two outs in the sixth, two on with two outs in the eighth and runners on first and third again with one out in the ninth, yet they could only score a couple of runs. They went 0-for-10 with runners on scoring position.

Stanton went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in his return from a two-week stint in the injured list, while DJ LeMahieu went 1-for-4 with three Ks. They were the Yankees’ top two hitters in the lineup.

“Obviously, there were a lot of hits out there, a lot of traffic tonight … we just weren’t able to break though,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said to MLB.com.

Ad when the Yankees took the lead in the top of the tenth, Detroit took advantage of a missed call on a strike three and, through Robbie Grossman, hit a two-run, walk-off homer.

“Sometimes they’re called; sometimes they’re not,” Yankees’ reliever Justin Wilson, the victim of the missed call by umpire Vic Carapazza and the walk-off blast, said after the game.

The Bombers’ offense will try to get back on track and score some runs for their pitching staff on the weekend, as they try to keep their competitors in the AL East within reach.