And so continued the misfortune of the New York Yankees in contrary to the Tampa Bay Rays. Tonight the Yankees were toppled by a final score of 4-2. So we continue our look at recapping the Yankees 2020 season with three more takeaways.
Takeaway #1: Gerrit Gives Up Another
If you’ve been watching Gerrit Cole’s starts for the Yankees this season, then you would have noticed a slightly disturbing trend. And what is that ill-conceived trend, you might ask, it is the home run ball. Tonight Gerrit would give up two homeruns to Tampa batters. Through six games started including tonight, Gerrit Cole has allowed seven homeruns.
This is a tendency that must be broken. Now, it’s not time to panic in the Bronx over Gerrit Cole’s home run hiccup. Because despite the two home runs tonight, Cole’s ERA is still only 2.75 for the season with a WHIP of a mere .89 and 44 strikeouts in 36 innings. Gerrit Cole is unquestionably the ace of the staff. And with his talent and pedigree, this home run happy issue will get resolved sooner rather than later.
Takeaway #2: Rays Keep Rolling
One of the biggest annoyances for Yankee fans is the fact that Tampa Bay seems super poised to dethrone the Yankees as AL East Champs. And for all of the domination the Yankees have held over the Boston Red Sox, that same control they’ve relinquished to Tampa Bay. There is little debate that the Bronx Bombers are a superb team and capable of going on a run and shutting down any club on the planet.
However, presently, the Tampa Bay Rays are maintaining commanding control over the Yankees mental faculties. It will be critical for the New York Yankees to come out firing on all cylinders tomorrow for the final game of the series. This loss marks the first losing series in the Bronx since April of 2019. The Yankees will look to begin a new set of wins, and it starts with building confidence by winning tomorrow.
Takeaway #3: Still Squandering Scoring
Another growing disturbing trend the Yankees have found themselves a part of is a failure to capitalize with runners in scoring position. The Yankees would have seven opportunities tonight. They failed to secure a hit with a runner in scoring position. Add in the fact that the Bronx Bombers would also leave seven runners on base.
The Yankees have always been known for home runs. For crying out loud, they are known as the Bronx Bombers for a reason. However, the Bombers have become too heavily reliant on the home run ball. And that it leaves them vulnerable to good pitching. The Yankees are going to have to find different ways to score. Because the three-run home run isn’t always going to be hit, just like it evaded New York tonight.