The losing streak has reached seven games, and it continues in a humiliating manner. The Yankees lost in a walk-off in their damn baseball stadium (thanks to a postponed game). The club are now 16-13 on the season. Ouch.
Since it’s Friday night and we’ve just had two games and a rain delay, let’s recap this style of ball.
- Embarrassment – Aroldis Chapman came in in the seventh, making just his second appearance in the season. It is a recipe for disaster because it tends to lose the area without regular work. He walked Jeff McNeil, then served the home run to Ahmed Rosario. I just don’t have any other words. The team were downright humiliated by their rivals from Crosstown at their home park. Unreal.
- Party like in 2013 – Jordy Mercer and Erik Kratz, leading the Yankees offense, as we drew in spring training. The Yankees scored three points in the Mets’ third start, David Peterson, in the most 2013 way possible. Mercer took a step out of the frame, then finished second on a Thairo Estrada single. Kratz tackled the first inning, then Aaron Hicks made a single with the bases loaded to give the Yankees the lead. A ground-laden march from Gary Sánchez made it 3-1, Bombers. They aren’t the biggest names, but they got the job done.
- And There you go – Jonathan Loáisiga made his third start for the Yankees, and you know what? He did a good job. The 25-year-old allowed a run on three hits in three innings. He also took out three. The only Loáisiga run off came in the first set, when Dom Smith had a two-strike RBI single. The right-hander averaged 96.9 mph on his fastball, hitting a high of 98 mph. He still hasn’t missed as many bats as we would like, but I’ll take him tonight.
- Leftovers – Adam Ottavino worked around a brace with a take out in the fourth, but Nick Nelson wasn’t so lucky in the fifth. He allowed a run on a Brandon Nimmo double. Sánchez’s struggles at plate continued as well, as he went 0-2 with a walk. And, finally, this game seems totally irrelevant as actor Chadwick Boseman tragically lost his battle with cancer tonight. He was 43 years old. Boseman played Jackie Robinson for 42 years, and he passed away on Jackie Robinson’s day. Just terrible news.
The Subway series continues tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting, with a first pitch set at 1:05 pm. JA Happ is the Yankees’ likely starter, while the Mets have yet to announce theirs. Here is today’s box scoreand the win probability graph is below.