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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (7/20-7/22)

The Yankees enter the second half of the season with a 62-33 record, which has them slotted in second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently 4.5 games ahead with a 68-30 record to this point in the season. Following last year’s close encounter with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees should definitely do their best to avoid the one game nightmare in this second half. The Yankees will begin this quest with a three game set against New York’s inferior team, the New York Mets. The Mets are currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East with a 39-55 record and the Yankees won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, signs which should indicate a Yankees’ series win. However, unfavorable pitching matchups could derail the Bronx Bombers in this Subway Series.

Yankees get no timely hitting as Blue Jays complete sweep with shutout

Picture Credit: Frank Gunn | The Canadian Press
After propelling themselves to a .500 record on May 24, the Yankees have been struggling mightily. Following tonight’s loss in Toronto, the Jays completed the sweep of the Yankees dropping the Yankees to a 2-6 record over their last 8 games since reaching the .500 mark. As the familiar storyline this season for the New York Yankees, the team once again could not muster anything in threatening situations, failing to hit with runners in scoring position (1-8, 9 runners left on base). And although this is a credit to Blue Jays pitchers, the Yankees offense has fallen back to its April woes.

Once again, and far too often this early in the season, Masahiro Tanaka was tasked with stopping a Yankee losing streak. The box score indicates a fine outing for the Yankee ace, but Tanaka was far from effective tonight. Tanaka continually fell behind batters and was not missing many bats as confirmed by his low strikeout total of just two.

The Blue Jays got the first run on the board thanks to a single to right field by Josh Donaldson. Donaldson was caught up trying for two, but Darwin Barney was able to come home on the play.

A leadoff double by Michael Saunders would get the Blue Jays threatening in the sixth. Justin Smoak followed Saunders as he smoked one to center field. However, in an uncharacteristic misplay, the ball simply bounced off Jacoby Ellsbury’s glove as he was tagged with an error. The ensuing hitter Russell Martin would ground into a double play, but Saunders came home on the play.

The Yankee bullpen imploded in the seventh as Kirby Yates could not find the strike zone. Edwin Encarnacion drove home two runs on a single which knocked Yates from the game. Nick Goody then entered and he surrendered an RBI double to Saunders, as well as a 2-RBI single to Smoak.

The loss knocks the Yankees to 24-28 as they have not been playing good baseball of late. They will have a makeup game in Detroit tomorrow before starting a three game weekend set with Baltimore.

Article by: Chad Raines
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