Another day, another heart breaker for the New York Yankees.
The Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night 7-6 on an error in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Yankees were down 6-0 in the game, but a furious rally in the sixth and seventh innings tied the game at six runs and really made things interesting going forward. However, the Blue Jays were ultimately able to hang on, as the Yankees suffered another close loss.
The biggest thing that comes away from this game, as with many others during the season, is that inconsistent offense simply is not going to get it done on a daily basis. Big rallies in a few innings may get the job done on a few nights, but the best offensive teams in professional baseball are able to do the little things inning to inning and constantly keep pressure on the opposing pitching staff.
New York’s hitters were getting behind in the counts early on in the game because they were trying to be too aggressive. Making mistakes and swinging at bad pitches only gives the opposing pitcher the advantage, which is not smart, especially against one of the best-hitting teams in baseball.
The Yankees have not been like the team that fans have come to know over the years. Usually, the Yankees are known for being tough outs inning after inning because they practice discipline at the plate and do not give opposing pitchers a lot to work with. They have hitters like Derek Jeter who are capable of running up pitch counts and ultimately baiting the pitcher into throwing a hittable pitch.
The team’s pitching has not been elite this season, with Masahiro Tanaka being the only real quality starting pitcher due to pitchers like C.C. Sabathia and Michael Pineda being lost to injury. Hiroki Kuroda has been off this season after putting up impressive numbers last year, and without Mariano Rivera in the bullpen, the Yankees do not have that shutdown closer the team can rely upon later in the game.
That puts more pressure on the starting staff to get the job done and pitch late into games, and if the starting pitching cannot accomplish that, then that puts pressure on the offense to perform and at least threaten to put runs on the board each and every inning.
Outbursts of runs are great and can turn into wins on some days. But without consistency in the offense, the Yankees will not make it far when the season winds down and the postseason begins.