The Yankees snapped a 5-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. However, the issues that have caused the Yankees to have their worst start since 1997 still loomed large.
The only bright spot the Yankees have had is pitching. The staff currently boasts a 3.60 ERA, which is good enough for top 10 in the league. The pitching stayed strong against the Braves, with starter Jameson Taillon striking out 5 in 5 innings, and allowing 1 run on 4 hits. From there, the bullpen shut things down, allowing only 2 hits.
However, the Yankees didn’t fail to give fans a heart attack, even with the dominant performance by the pitchers.
The Yankees offense has been outright abysmal, and that continued in their win. The Yankees only recorded 5 hits, with DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela providing 2 each. The heart of the lineup was basically non-existent, with Stanton, Torres, and Sanchez all going hitless. Atlanta’s starter, Charlie Morton, allowed only 1 run, a 430-foot bomb off the bat of Gio Urshela.
The biggest concern, though, was in the bottom of the 8th inning. With the game tied 1-1, the Yankees were able to load the bases with 0 outs. The Yankees did not record a single hit after this. They were lucky that Braves’ relief pitcher Tyler Matzek was out of control, because a wild pitch and a 4-pitch walk to Mike Ford allowed the Yankees to come out of the inning with 2 runs. They were able to hand the ball to the closer Aroldis Chapman, who got the save.
This isn’t the first time the Yankees have struggled in big situations. They are constantly leaving runners on base or grounding into double plays. This kills all momentum and if it continues, the Yankees are in for a long season. The offense needs to get things together fast, before this team digs itself too deep into a hole that they cannot get out of.
The Yankees currently sit at 6-10, which is last in the AL East and tied for the worst record in the American League.