LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Lose But Rob Angels For Another Series Win

Monday, August 22, 2016

Yankees Lose But Rob Angels For Another Series Win

They say everyone loves the long ball, but I have to say that’s one-upped by watching a home run get robbed. At least when the Yankees outfielders are the ones doing the robbing. Brett Gardner laid it all on the line in Saturday night's game, to rob a two-run HR (which turned out to be an even bigger play given the solo shot that Dellin Betances gave up later), and Jacoby Ellsbury followed suit with a perfectly timed leap to thwart another two-run shot in yesterday's game.

Both were things of beauty to watch, and were part of an overall successful weekend, even though the Yankees lost yesterday's game.

There will come a time for the team when just winning a series is no longer sufficient if they want to continue making the argument that the playoffs, at least the Wild Card play-in game, is still in play for the 2016 season. I would argue that, entering the third week in August, the Yankees are not quite there yet. With 30 games left within the division (albeit 7 against the Tampa Bay Rays who trail the Bombers in the standings) along with six against two teams they are battling for the Wild Card (the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals), the Yankees still, to some extent, control their destiny.

The Yankees lost a game that was imminently winnable yesterday, going 1-for-7 with RISP and leaving eight runners on base. The manner in which they lost it, however, offers some reassurance. With the exception of The Kraken, the lineup was without some of the younger players the Yankees have played recently, including Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin. Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann were the core of the lineup, and they went a combined 1-for-11 with five strikeouts. All this against an Angels pitching staff that is easily in the bottom third in the American League.

While Sanchez struggled (comparatively), he still put together a representative at-bat in a key moment, showing that he was not completely over-matched. Chad Green, the young righty who has been hit or miss this season, had a terrific start (6 IP, ER, 5 K).

All of this is to say, in keeping with the look forward approach that has been adopted by the Yankees, there is nothing too alarming about this loss. For fans like myself, however, who still would like the Yankees to make some noise in 2016, it was a disappointing loss.

Bigger picture, though, everything is fine.

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