The New York Yankees lost in devastating fashion against the Toronto Blue Jays last night. Not only was it a loss in a swing game so Toronto took the series, but the Yanks were previously 12-1 against them before they met in Toronto on Monday.
The biggest red flag in the game was the horrid pitching performance by Yankees ace Hiroki Kuroda. His stat line was plain ugly, going five innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs (five earned runs), while walking one and striking out only four.
This has been a trend lately for Kuroda, who has allowed seven runs in back-to-back starts for the first time in his career. Before last night’s game, he went 1-3 with a 4.39 ERA in his last four starts. He has also allowed at least four runs in three straight starts — the last time that happened was in 2010. He had good velocity on his fastball and his slider had bite last night. The real problem was that he wasn’t locating the way he used to and when he missed, it got hit hard.
The bats fell asleep as well; the team combined for 13 strikeouts against the four pitchers the Jays sent out there. Worst of all was the loss dropping the Yanks’ chance to make the playoffs to what is now 3.8 percent.
The good news is that the Yanks have their destiny in their own hands; every remaining game is either against an AL East opponent or a sub-.500 team. So if the Yanks beat up on the teams out of the playoff hunt and take the series against their division rivals, they still have a chance at playing in October.