LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Embarrased in Lopsided Loss to Marlins

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Yankees Embarrased in Lopsided Loss to Marlins

Maybe this is what the Yankees needed.

Yes a blowout, at home, at the hands of what amounts to a AAA team is just what the Yankees may need to kick start this .500 team. Sixteen games into the season the Yankees are indeed a .500 team. Sixteen of 162 games is only 9.88% of the season. Even good teams play .500 ball in a sixteen game stretch. Then again, the Yankees fired a manager after 16 games (Yogi in 1985) and another manager after 20 games (Johnny Keane in 1966).

Aaron Boone isn't going anywhere, I know.

The Yankees lost 9-1, scoring on a Miguel Andujar home run in the ninth inning thus avoiding losing by the forfeit score. If that would have been the case I guess they could have all stayed home and had the same result? Seriously, there were too many sub par performances to count. Giancarlo Stanton was hitless in the two games against his former team going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts Tuesday night. Masahiro Tanaka was awful in five horrible innings. The defense was poor and the offense while producing ten base runners through eight innings (7 walks and 3 measly hits) did not score a run. Then Andujar hit his first home run in the majors and on a forgettable night. Andujar should have a better game to remember his first dinger.

So what's to be done? Call a club house meeting. If not manager Aaron Boone, than the players should call a players only meeting to clear the air. This is beyond embarrassing but give Don Mattingly and his players credit. They are professionals. They will show up to play. They're not very good but they aren't going to roll over to the mighty Bronx Bombers. Something the Yankees need to remember as the season progresses.The Marlins simply showed up to play.  Any little weakness in their opponent needs to be exploited. And Tuesday night there were plenty of Yankees weaknesses to exploit.

Someone in that Yankees clubhouse needs to remind the team this is unacceptable.  They have a day off Wednesday to think it over.

As Reggie Jackson once said "Get it done. NOW."

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