BOSTON – The sample size is growing.
And with it the need for reinforcements, be it internal, external or both.
Hopes that the Yankees' radio will stop at a full turn when starting – that their pitching in general would stop bleeding, like the stupid undercover cop in "Witness" – quickly escaped at Fenway Park Thursday night, as Masahiro Tanaka recorded several career-worst and Austin Romine in a 19-3 drubbing against the Yankees wiped the hands of rival Red Sox.
Less than a week before the close of trading on July 31, the Yankees' pitching experienced the worst collapse since Charlie Sheen a few years ago. And currently, no Yankee can boast of a WIN!
"Of course we did not disturb the starters this time," Aaron Boone said afterwards. "We just have to keep going the way we are doing and try to work as well as we can."
The defeat ended a Yankees winning streak in two games scored with a high score by a couple of fierce victories American League Central leading twins. Even those wearing the pinkest pinstripe goggles could see the cloud bordering the silver strip.
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"This time everyone was through," Boone said. "It was a hiccup for each of the guys coming in turn. [that] makes it difficult, but we need to get started and figure out where to make small improvements and expect each guy to get sharper next time. "
In fact, this means at least a 1 / ₂ hiccup for Tanaka, who defeated the Rocky Mountains on July 20 with six innings and five runs, combining Thursday's efforts with his two-thirds six-inning appearance against the Sawx at the June 29 in London, and the right-handed player was overtaxed for 18 runs in four innings during his last two rivalry starts.
"That's something we need to go into," Boone admitted.
"That stuff was not bad .Pitches were not bad, "Tanaka said through an interpreter." I have to see some [stuff]. "
(Translation: Time to see if Ta naka tilts his pitches or whether the Red Sox steals signs. Yawning.)
With their edges shortened to 9½ and 10 games, respectively, from AL East to the Rays and Red Sox, the Yankees have a cushion for a temporary disruption. However, it is very fair to wonder about the overall effectiveness of this pitching corps.
The Yankees hit Minneapolis so hard that they wanted to put Brett Gardner, who was suffering from inflammation in the left knee, on Thursday's list of injured and remembered the left Yo-Yo Stephen Tarpley of Triple -A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, who gave them a 14th pitcher and left them with only two bankers, Romine and Gio Urshela. This Boone let Tanaka beat despite the abundance of jugs and turned to his current No. 1 catcher Romine (with Gary Sanchez on the injury list) for his second career round, after Tarpley and Luis Cessa's turn showed how much so many guys needed a breather.
In this year of juiced baseball it will take a village of pitchers to progress to a parade. This means that the Yankees really, really would benefit from acquiring a launch pitcher (Marcus Stroman? Robbie Ray? Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler?) And a helper (Sam Dyson? Ken Giles? Shane Greene? Will Smith?) And the Returns from Luis Severino and Dellin Betances from the injury list – both men who paused all year continued their slow advances by dropping a flat bottom on Thursday – and maybe even some support from Deivi Garcia one question, one maybe unsolvable task. However, the Yankees have come this year to pay their utmost attention to their own efforts on the ground. At this point in the calendar, this rough spot, this included pattern, can not be removed.