Monday, April 25, 2016

Yanks Drop Finale vs. Rays, Head for Texas

It's a good thing baseball series aren't awarded on aggregate, like some soccer ties are. Otherwise, we'd have lost 13-10.

Michael Pineda started the home series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays, and got the 1st 2 outs of the game. But, then: Double, home run, single, double, home run, double, popup. 5-0 to Tampa Bay before the Yankees even came to bat.

Pineda allowed only 1 run on 4 hits and a walk after that. A hell of a way for "onebadinningitis" to strike.

The Yankees got only 1 run on 6 hits, the run coming in the 4th, on a rare hit by Alex Rodriguez, an RBI double that got Brett Gardner home. (He'd been hit by a pitch.)

Gardner, Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius each went 0-for-3. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann went 0-for-4.

Rays 8, Yankees 1. WP: Drew Smyly (1-2). No save. LP: Pineda (1-2). The Yanks took 2 out of 3, but the 1 they lost looked really bad.


So, 3 weeks into the 26-week Major League Baseball season, here's how the American League Eastern Division stands:

Baltimore Orioles: 11-6
Toronto Blue Jays: 10-10, 2 1/2 games behind
Boston Red Sox: 9-9, 2 1/2 back
Tampa Bay Rays: 8-10, 3 1/2 back
Yankees: 7-10, 4 back

As they say on medical dramas, "I'm not going to lie to you, it doesn't look good." Although it didn't help that the Orioles got off to a 7-0 start. Had they gone merely 4-3, 1 over .500, there'd be nobody in the AL East over .500, and the Yankees would be only 1 game behind Boston in the loss column.

The Yankees head down to Hell, otherwise known as Texas, to play the Rangers. Here are the projected starters:

* Tonight: Nathan Eovaldi vs. Cesar Ramos.
* Tomorrow night: Luis Severino vs. A.J. Griffin.
* Wednesday night: CC Sabathia vs. Martin Perez.

Have I ever mentioned I hate all teams called Rangers? Regardless of country, regardless of sport, especially when they wear blue shirts. Baseball in Texas. Soccer in Scotland. Especially hockey in New York. The only Ranger wearing a blue shirt who doesn't suck is the Lone Ranger. (And Disney screwed that up, casting Armie Hammer and giving him a black shirt.)

Come on you Bombers!

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