LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Swept After Waving White Flag On 2016 Season

Monday, August 1, 2016

Yankees Swept After Waving White Flag On 2016 Season

The Yankees Sunday afternoon 5-3 loss to the Rays, a loss that completed a three game sweep and was the Yankees fourth straight defeat, felt like a foregone conclusion. After waking up to the news of Andrew Miller’s trade to the Cleveland Indians for four prospects, it seemed inevitable that the Yankees would then go out and seal the perception that they were going exactly nowhere this season by being swept by their division rivals.

That, unfortunately, is exactly what the team did. Michael Pineda was good (striking out the side in each of the first two innings) until he wasn’t (5 ERs over 6 IP, including giving up a 2-out bases loaded hit to the Rays number nine hitter, who is batting .206 on the season).

The offense was decent (9 hits) except when it counted (1-for-8 with RISP). The only noise the Yankees were able to make was a 2R HR by Carlos Beltran who, according to Yankees Twitterverse, should have been wrapped in bubble-wrap and tied to the bench because surely he is the next to go.

After the Aroldis Chapman and Miller trades, and even with them giving up Vincente Campos to get back Tyler Clippard (a move that reeks of “no, no, we haven’t really given up”), the Yankees now have seven of the top 100 prospects as rated by Baseball America).

The Yankees insist that they have not given up on the season. Both Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman said as much to reporters before the game. I have to admit, though, that it feels like they have. And it doesn’t feel good. Somewhere inside I know it’s probably the best long term move. This throwing money at free agents plan just isn’t working.

At least not when they perform as poorly as the Yankees have done this season. I get it. This has not been a good team. It’s not the kind of team to dream on, especially when so many other teams are willing to pay top dollar (or prospects) for the pieces the Yankees have now.

I get it.

But still, despite my frustration with their poor performance, despite the fact that they are back at .500 yet again, despite the fact that this is easily the most inconsistent Yankees team I’ve experienced, I still don’t like it.

I don’t like that the Yankees have given up. I don’t like that, despite what they say, they are quitting. I don’t like that they are so comfortable with throwing away the season, that they traded their All-Star reliever to a team they are facing in less than a week.

I. Don’t. Like. It.

But I have to accept it. The Yankees have made this decision. The Yankees are my team. So I accept it.

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