The New York Yankees split a two game series with the Baltimore Orioles. They won the first game and lost the second one. The score of the first game was 8-5 and then the second game was 5-2. The Yankees bats were alive in the first game in Baltimore but were shut down in the second game. In the first game the Yankees lost three players but were able to survive.
The first game Ivan Nova got hit on the ankle by a line drive but stayed in and then later left after twisting his ankle. It is possible he misses a start but is looking more likely that he doesn’t miss a turn. Clay Rapada left the game with an illness and he should be ok and Raul Ibanez got hit on the elbow but the tests were negative and he is day-to-day.
The key to this series was that the Yankees after winning the first game couldn’t take any offensive momentum. They also didn’t get a dominant start out of CC Sabathia like they have gotten used too. Sabathia wasn’t bad but he wasn’t as sharp as he has been and suffered his first loss. The Yankees offense has been very up and down this season. I would call it a disappointment to this point. Alex Rodriguez hasn’t really produced, Robinson Cano has just started to produce and Mark Teixeira has been really bad. They haven’t really gotten anything out of Russell Martin and Nick Swisher was hurt for a couple of weeks and they have been without Brett Gardner for about the last month. The Yankees biggest problem is that they don’t hit with runners in scoring position. They have the all or nothing philosophy and I don’t think it works. They look for homeruns and if it doesn’t come they usually lose. If they are hitting homeruns they usually win.
The Yankees will play a brief two game series in Toronto. They will then come home to play the Cincinnati Reds in interleague play and then take on the Kansas City Royals in a three game series. The Yankees have yet to hit their stride and need to start running off a streak and pick up some ground in the very tough American League East.