I just started reading Greg Prato's book, Just out of Reach--The 1980s New York Yankees, about the decade when not much of anything around the Yankees made much sense.
Seems as if not much makes sense around the 2015 Yankees either.
In case you missed it, the Yankees returned from a 2-7 road trip, dumped three straight at home to a mediocre Texas team, only to rise from those ashes and take down the high scoring defending AL Champs in three straight games, a series in which the solid bats of Kansas City managed a total of four runs. They outdid themselves. On Thursday night they squandered a 3-0 lead, falling to the league-worst Oakland A's, 5-4. Here are a few things to take away from the night:
Somewhere around the 5th inning CC was in command, and it seemed like he was well on his way to a dominant start. It took three innings for the wheels to come off, instead of CC's customary one inning implosion. Also, David Carpenter was of no assistance. I'm probably not the only one scratching my head over calling on Carpenter in that situation. The irony is that Carpenter's ERA actually improved in the 2/3 innings he pitched. CC wasn't so fortunate. Inherited runners can be a bear.
The Bottom Four
Carlos Beltran (who has hit well recently), Stephen Drew (who hasn't hit all year), Chris Young (who has slumped badly and was a late replacement for injured rookie, Slade Heathcott) and Didi Gregorius, combined to go 0 for 14 with one walk. Simply put, this team needs better production from the bottom of the order.
Did anybody notice that Brian McCann has 31 RBI's, second on the team behind Mark Teixeira (35)?
McCann had a good night for himself.
Note to Brian Cashman: Trade for this guy already. Zobrist drove in the go ahead run in the 7th thanks to a bases loaded walk by Carpenter. The Yankees, who seem leery of promoting the now slumping and always error prone, Rob Refsnyder, might want to make their pitch to Mr. Moneyball, Billy Beane. A middle infield bat is much needed. And don't expect such a trade to spell the end for Stephen Drew, though it might mean more time on the bench for him. A couple of mid-level prospects should do the trick. Well, maybe.
Yes these Yankees are flawed in many ways. There was some good news on a night they were dragged down by the AL's worst team. Marashiro Tanaka is on the west coast trip and expects to make his return start in Seattle next week, and top pitching prospect Luis Severino was promoted to AAA Thursday.
But losing a game that was seemingly in hand to a last place team was the number one takeaway. Just awful.