PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — It’s not what you want. I’ll try my best to not waste your precious time because that’s what this weekend was. This abysmal New York Yankees team made the mediocre Philadelphia Phillies look like world-beaters. I mean, we’re at the point where one may genuinely start to talk about the Yankees being sellers at the trade deadline. This season sucks.
At least they did you a favor and buried themselves early if you wanted to enjoy the rest of your afternoon. Sure, they plugged away and made it close in the end but there was no reason for that game to unravel the ways it did in what wound up an 8-7 loss in 10 innings.
HE’S THE SAME CASHMAN “STUFF GUY” PITCHER
Jameson Taillon is essentially every “stuff guy” trade acquisition made by General Manager Brian Cashman since 2002 with Jeff Weaver. He’d probably be a nice Tampa Bay Rays “opener,” airing it out with max effort for three innings. Yet, on Saturday, he recorded one out before being lifted. Taillon yielded four runs, including a two-run single by Bryce Harper, as Giancarlo Stanton watched from the bench.
SIGNS OF LIFE
At least some of the lineup hammered and chipped away against Vince Velasquez and company. Gary Sanchez homered in the second stanza and Brett Gardner collected an RBI triple.
Fast forward to the ninth inning with two on and one out and New York trailing by three, DJ LeMahieu rocked a three-run homer to left-center for the 7-7 equalizer off Hector Neris.
Without the benefit of a ball exiting the infield, the Phillies scratched home the winning run off Aroldis Chapman with an infield hit to third by Jean Segura.
Once again, it was a game that was done before it started. Aside from Gleyber Torres playing solid defense, there wasn’t much to write home about. The Yankee lineup made Aaron Nola look like 1997 Curt Schilling. The 7-0 loss was about as good as Rougned Odor’s baserunning. Hopefully, you flipped over to the Islanders or Nets playoff games.
HE’S THE SAME PITCHER DEVELOPED BY CASHMAN FOR 20 YEARS
Domingo German is starting to look like every starting pitcher developed by the Yankees since after Andy Pettitte in 1995. Pitch well for about two years and then turn to dust or a decent reliever. Save for that Torres’ defense, German barely made it out of the first frame, was down four runs after two frames, and was ultimately charged with all seven in his 4.1 frames of work.
BEST TWO HITTERS ON THE BENCH
On offense, LeMahieu collected two of the four Yankee hits but the lineup fanned nine times against Nola. No Stanton. No Aaron Judge. Brutal.
At 33-32, the Yankees travel to Buffalo to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game set starting Tuesday evening.