Friday, April 15, 2016

Yanks Fail to Send Jays Message

Last year, the Toronto Blue Jays wanted to "send the Yankees a message." Message received: The Jays beat the Yankees 13 out of 19 and won the American League Eastern Division.

The Yankees had the chance to show those pesky Blue Jays that this was a new season, and send a new message: That they weren't going to put up with the Jays' peskiness anymore.

Despite winning the opener of this series at the Rogers Centre, they blew it. All it would have taken was winning 2 out of 3. Scoring 4 runs in he last 2 games was never going to do it.

Nathan Eovaldi didn't have a great start, allowing 4 runs in less than 7 innings. Last night, the Yankees got singles by Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann (who only misses 1 game due to injury) and Carlos Beltran; and walks from Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley. That's it just 5 baserunners.

I guess hitting instructor Kevin Long wasn't the problem in 2012, '13 and '14. And you can credit Marcus Stroman for a good performance all you want, but the New York Yankees should be able to hit any pitcher on any day. And, the last 2 games, they simply did not get the job done.

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 2. WP: Stroman (2-0). SV: Antonio Osuna (4). LP: Eovaldi (0-1).

The Yankees come home and start a new series with the Seattle Mariners. Here are the projected pitching matchups:

* Tonight: Luis Severino vs. Nate Karns.

* Tomorrow afternoon: CC Sabathia vs. Felix Hernandez.

* Sunday afternoon: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Hisashi Iwakuma.

Time to unload the lumber. Get it going for the rest of the season. Come on you Pinstripes!

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