This weekend at Yankee Stadium was a great opportunity for the New York Yankees to put some separation between them and the Toronto Blue Jays for second place in the AL East all while gaining on the first place Baltimore Orioles. And with this weekend series being at Yankee Stadium where the Blue Jays were on a 17-game losing streak, it seemed as if things were going to go the Yankees’ way. This, however, was not the case.
After winning the opener on Friday, the Yankees dropped the Saturday matinee game after a great pitching performance by newest Yankees starting pitcher Chris Capuano, who went six innings and only surrendered two earned runs in his debut. But the Yankees’ offense did not give Capuano or the team the run support to win the game. Capuano would get a no-decision but the Yankees got the loss, 6-4.
This afternoon was the same exact story with another good pitching performance by rookie Shane Greene, who only went 5.1 innings but at the same time only gave up three earned runs. However, the Yankees’ offense once again failed to break through against the Blue Jays’ pitching, and eventually the Yankees ended up losing today’s game 5-4.
Now we all know that without Masahiro Tanaka and the many injuries the Yankees have to their starting pitching, any quality starts out of pitchers like Capuano and Greene have to be capitalized on. While the AL East is still up for grabs, the Yankees will find it extremely difficult to move up in the standings with inconsistent pitching and untimely hitting. And this weekend it was their untimely hitting that cost them the series with the Blue Jays.