Good Signs, Bad Results for NYY
The Yanks lost their first series of the year this past weekend vs the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays, not even a week removed from getting swept by the ORIOLES just took care of the Yankees in a four-game set, yep you have that right.
Game one was anyone's game as it was scoreless going into the 8th inning tied at 0-0. The Rays broke through as Adam Ottavino crapped his pants walking people and throwing the ball to the backstop in the eighth. A sac fly gave the Rays a 1-0 lead which turned into a 1-0 game one win. The good news was Tanaka looked sharp which is a good sign for the Yanks.
Game two was the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Gerrit Cole was on the bump and did not have his best stuff. However, the Yanks bats led by Judge, Ford, and Stanton powered the Yanks to an 8-4 win in 7 innings. Game two was not as fortunate for the Yanks as they turned to their bullpen for the second half of this twin bill. They lost 5-3, but hey what are you gonna do its tough to sweep doubleheaders.
Game four stung for the Yanks. An RBI HBP and dropped flyball lead to an early 3-0 Yankees lead. Paxton was on the hill and he looked SHARP. After six dominant innings, the Yanks turned to their bullpen. OH WAIT, they didn't. Aaron Boone decided to send James Paxton out, who had been lit up in his first two starts, not wanting him to end on a high note. A two-run homer, followed by a solo shot quickly tied the game for the Rays and left a sour taste in everyone's mouth. Britton had trouble finding the plate in the bottom of the ninth as the Rays walked it off. A terrible loss for the Yankees and truly a bad series as the Yanks could have won 3/4.
No need to panic because we know as baseball fans teams will lose series. If Tanaka and Paxton continue to look like themselves the Yanks will be in very good shape for the rest of the season. However, they gotta bounce back versus the Braves this week.