It has never been this bad. Under Joe Torre’s leadership, the Yankees had never fallen to six games below .500; that all changed Wednesday night as the Yankees lost to Tampa Bay 11-8. For the second straight game, the Yankee pitching was abysmal, spotting the Devil Rays a six run lead, too big a margin for the Yankee bats to recover from. Rookie, Sean Henn, lasted only into the third inning and was victimized by a terrible defensive play by new second baseman, Robinson Cano, who threw a potential double play ball into leftfield.
The Yankee offense did manage ten hits, but could never get the big one, stranding twelve runners on the basepaths and allowing the Devil Rays’ pitchers to escape several jams. The lone bright spot was Tino Martinez who homered for the second consecutive game. Jason Giambi was hit in the head with a pitch and had to leave the game for tests. The extent of his injury and that of Bernie Williams, who will have an MRI on Friday, have not yet been determined.
At 11-17, the Yankees will fall into a last place tie with a loss on Thursday and have been completely abandoned by the experts who picked them to win 100 games a month ago. While it is hard to imagine this team could win 100 games, there is still a tremendous amount of talent on this club. Writing them off on May 5th would be a foolish thing to do. After all, the team that started this playoff run, the 1995 Yankees, was 20-29 on June 20th of that year, but found a way to rally.
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