Losing Streak — June 8, 2019: Cleveland 8 NY 4

The Yankees have now lost 5 of 6 and are tied with 1st place with Tampa (who split a doubleheader with Boston yesterday). Just like that — the Yankee offense is only registering 2 to 4 runs a game, and the pitching looks inept. The starters aren’t lasting long, and the middle relief is horrendous. In this game:

  • CC Sabathia was again going after win 250.
  • And again it looked like CC was going to get it — he looked fab thru 3 innings.
  • And again the Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead, just like they had the day before for Domingo German.
  • And again, the Indians came back and chased the Yankee starter (who didn’t last long) and beat up the middle relief — Jonathan Holder specifically — to take a big lead and win the game. This time 8-4.

Again, and Again, and Again

On the offensive side:

  • Again, DJ LeMahieu got 2 hits, raising his average to .320, 4th in the AL (Austin Meadows currently leads with .346).
  • Again, Didi Gregorius got 2 hits, just like he had in his first game of the season the day before — this time a homer and a single.
  • Again, Clint Frazier got a hit (1 for 3) and a walk and continued to be at the heart of Yankee offensive rallies.
  • Again, the Yankee offense was pretty much stifled by a good young arm of the Cleveland Indians that they had not seen before; yesterday it was Dan Plesac‘s nephew Zach Plesac; today it was a 27-yr old named Adam Plutko, who entered with a 1-1 6.35 record but pitched 6 innings allowing 3 hits and 2 runs.
  • Again, Kendrys Morales went 0-4 and looked lost at the plate, leaving some on Twitter to ask how it came to be that he is the Yankees DH.

Torres, Urshela, and Hicks Continue to Contribute

Other Yanks to contribute to the offense were Gleyber Torres, with an RBI double to pull the Yanks to within 7-3, Gio Urshela, with a sac fly in the 8th to make it 7-4 and get the Yanks back in the game, and Aaron Hicks with a tough 2-out walk in the 8th to get Didi up with a chance to get the Yanks closer. Austin Romine did the catching; Gary Sanchez was given the day off.

Yankee Twitter Speculation

Luis Cessa allowed a run in the 9th to make it 8-4 and ballgame, and have Yankee Twitter amplify the conversation on how:

  • The Yanks have started losing ever since Aaron Judge left the dugout to go to Florida to begin rehab playing last week,
  • The Yanks have started losing ever since the Clint Frazier controversy,
  • The Yanks need to trade for at least one, maybe two, big time starters, such as Max Scherzer or Trevor Bauer or somebody.

Tanaka Paternity Day Controversy

Before, during, and after the game Yankee Twitter argued whether Masahiro Tanaka should or should not take off from his scheduled Sunday start for a Paternity Day to see his newborn daughter.

  • Some argued he is making $22 Million a year and that is what he sacrifices and also his wife is not in labor, the daughter has been born already — can’t he fly out after the start to see her and fly back?
  • Others argued those who argued this point would be muted off their twitter timeline.

In any case, Chad Green “Opens” for the Yanks to try to stem the losing streak on a Sunday in Cleveland vs Indians tough 24-yr-old young righty Shane Bieber (5-2, 3.57). Nestor Cortes Jr.waits in the wings (he was called up from Scranton yesterday and put on roster while Tanaka was put on inactive Paternity Leave list). Chance Adams was Not added to roster; he is still in minors (pitching well).

The Boxscore

https://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401075690

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