The New York Yankees’ offense looked as bad as ever today as the Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher, Chris Archer, pitched a two-hit shutout. He also walked no one and struck out six as the Yankees looked completely outmatched in a 1-0 loss, which put the Yanks eight behind in the AL East.
It has been a struggle since the All-Star break, with the Yankees showing no signs of power. They have not hit a home run in the second half yet and have lost two of the three games in which they scored five runs, their usual benchmark number for a victory. The Yanks haven’t hit a home run in nine games, an MLB high, tying what the Miami Marlins accomplished in April. Those nine games accumulate to 321 at bats without a homer.
There are other underwhelming stats that the Yankees are compiling as well. The Yanks have had games with two or fewer hits four times this year, an MLB high. Today was the ninth time they were shutout this year; the last time they were shutout that many times in an entire season was 1997, and the most at this point in the season since 1990. There have been four complete game shutouts thrown in 97 pitches or less this season — three of those pitching performances were against the Yankees.
These stats are depressing and equate to very uneventful and tedious games to watch for Yankees fans. But, according to manager Joe Girardi, shortstop Derek Jeter is scheduled to be activated and be in the lineup for tomorrow’s matinee finale against the Rays. This will be the second game of the year for Jeter who strained his quad in his season debut. It will at least bring some intrigue to the game. Who knows what he’ll bring to the table production-wise.