By now, the struggles of the Yankees‘ bullpen have been well-documented. A few days ago, we discussed the subject that the unit wasn’t elite by any means. And that was before a depressing series of games in which the relief corps just haven’t been able to come through performance-wise.
Last night, against a direct rival no less, the unit was once again tasked with the responsibility of getting 12 outs to lead the Yankees to victory vs. the up-and-coming Toronto Blue Jays. It’s fair to say that the relievers didn’t deliver.
Chad Green and Adam Ottavino could only get one out in what turned out to be a 10-run inning for the Blue Jays. A total of 13 foes went to bat in that half-inning, which last almost 45 minutes.
â€œIâ€™ve never had an inning quite like that before,â€ Ottavino said according to MLB.com. â€œItâ€™s the worst feeling in the world. You let your team down. It hurts a lot.â€
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â€œWe’re going through a lot collectively right now,â€ Boone said. â€œWeâ€™ve got to find a way to continue to lean on each other and pick each other up. We trust that the work we’re doing behind the scenes will start paying off for us.â€
Green incurred in a rare walks spree, including the first hitter of the inning. â€œThe leadoff walk came back to kill us,â€ he said. â€œOnce we have a four-run lead late in the game like that, we expect to win those games. For whatever reason, weâ€™re not getting it done right now.â€
Ottavino’s performance was downright awful. He faced six hitters and couldn’t retire a single one of them.
Between the two Yankees’ relievers, they generated only one swing and miss in 58 pitches thrown, which Ottavino found “bizarre.”
â€œWeâ€™re both above-average swing-and-miss pitchers,â€ Ottavino said. â€œItâ€™s an indication that either my stuff wasnâ€™t good, my location wasnâ€™t good or that they had something on me â€“ they had a great approach or knew what was coming. I donâ€™t have any of those answers right now. All I know is that I didnâ€™t get it done.â€