On Tuesday night, the New York Yankees took to the field with C.C. Sabathia on the mound in hopes that they can get yet another masterful performance out of their ace while providing him with the proper run support to prevent adding three negative statistics to this already frustrating 2013 season.
As far as the masterful performance goes from Sabathia, they got that. But the run support? Well, that yet again was absent leading the Yanks to those unwanted negative statistics.
With Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals, this Yankees squad dropped three-straight at home for the first time this season. Once again, the anemic offense was on display as they just couldn’t muster up any sort of help for their hard-throwing left-hander.
The lack of support leads to the second woeful stat to emerge from tonight’s loss.
As he has done many times in his career before, Sabathia held up his end of the bargain on the mound. The Yankee ace went the distance, giving up just seven hits with six strikeouts while only walking two. However for the first time in his stellar career, Sabathia tossed a complete game but came out on the losing end. The lone mistakes from the pitcher were giving up solo home runs to the Royals’ Billy Butler and David Lough.
With that, we now have the third and final stat coming out of tonight working against the Yanks, and that’s the fact that the last four of Butler’s hits against the Yankees have all been home runs. Throughout the years, the term “Yankee Killer” has been bestowed upon a select few opponents, and we may have a new one on our hands.
There’s less than a week left until the All-Star break, and there are few teams in baseball that need a couple days to re-group more than the Yankees.
With the status of Derek Jeter still up in the air and now reports of Alex Rodriguez possibly being handed a suspension following next week’s break, it may be time to hit the phones and start looking at addressing the run support issues — and fast.
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