No, considering how this striped season has gone, the odds are in favor of the Yankees losing in that Subway Series doubles division in the Bronx, 10-5 to the Mets in Game 1. , wearing a tail longer than their 4-2 recovery win in the nightcap. After all, it’s not as if a few nice innings from Nestor Cortes and some dominance from Chad Green alleviate serious concerns about Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman, or the team’s overall rating of 42-41.
“It’s really tough right now,” Aaron Boone said after the first game, looking like Dr. Evil from the “Austin Powers” movies and experiencing a similar level of success with his maneuvers.
Ace Cole, who gave a 4-1 lead in Game 1, was unable to come out of the fourth inning against the club’s intra-urban rival. Chapman, sinking like a milkshake duck, lost a lead for the third time in three appearances and suffered defeat. The fact that these two guys, both of whose results have been plummeting since the rumor was leaked that Major League Baseball would tackle the sticky stuff, both made the American League All-Star on Sunday. has further heightened the surreal vibe of this absolutely dire Yankees season to date.
Really, though, it can’t be stressed enough that Chapman should never have gone into Game 1 when he did, and that’s on Boone.
Because Cole only lasted 3 / ₃ innings, allowing four runs, the Yankees turned early to Jonathan Loaisiga, who recorded a solid 2 ¹ / ₃ innings before Boone asked Green for the last in sixth with the Yankees at 5-4.
Green threw a total of two shots. He had last launched on June 28. Chapman was last pitched on June 30, when he memorably served a grand slam tying the game to Jared Walsh of the Angels. So why on earth wouldn’t Boone let Green, one of his best relievers, come back for the seventh to close things off and hope he could pocket Chapman for a low leverage situation?
“Once I pull Lo’s length, then if I pull Greenie’s length, I don’t have leverage length in Game 2,” Boone said. When asked why not lock the current game and worry about Game 2 during Game 2, the manager replied: “Because we weren’t there yet and I trusted the arrival of Chappy. “
In the end, Green did a great job in Game 2, pitching three perfect innings including a perfect seventh. By this point, however, the Yankees had already registered their third straight loss in a series.
Boone praised Chapman for improving his mechanics this time around, but come on now. The first batter Chapman faced, Pete Alonso, hit an equalizer on a 1 and 2 slider that Boone and wide receiver Kyle Higashioka called an error, then the closest hit a batter and walked another forward. to be relieved for Lucas Luetge. , who blew things up again just like he did after Chapman vs. the Angels. Clearly, the Yankees need to demote Chapman to less pressurized situations in the short term at least.
Wait, don’t go yet, we have yet to discuss the Yankees’ $ 324 million man with a 5.24 ERA in his last six starts!
“There was some good [starts] in there too, ”Cole said, and yes, half of them are quality starts. Nonetheless, even in these he did not dominate as he did before the crackdown, and on Sunday he recorded eight swings and misfires – compared, for example, to the 24 he got in his May 12 masterpiece (eight innings, 12 strikeouts) against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
“I have to take the positives from a personal point of view, but obviously losing my mind and being responsible for it is first and foremost on my mind,” Cole said. Asked about being booed by these fans for the first time, Cole said, “It is what it is. You register when you come here.
No one has signed up for this Yankees campaign goat rodeo, which still feels in grave danger despite a rare and relatively relaxing nightcap win.