Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nova and Offense Don't do the Job

The Yankees had a very tough assignment in facing Brandon Morrow tonight, who has done well against the Bombers in his career. As a result of the matchup, the Yankees were not able to get anything going against Morrow until the seventh inning where they stranded runners on first and second with no outs. It was that kind of a night against the Blue Jays. They have struggled with runners in scoring position all season long so it was no surprise to see them fail in such spots tonight. With that said, you can't lose this game if you are the Yankees. The Yankees are now staring at only a one game lead in the division with six games to go. They did a terrible job tonight on all fronts. They cannot be losing games to below average teams when they matter most to their season. A loss like tonight's goes to show exactly what the Yankees are made of. They did not battle, nor did they even show any fight.

Ivan Nova did a horriifc job tonight, again failing to finish five innings as Girardi pulled him following a two-run double by Edwin Encarnacion. Also, Nova allowed a bomb to the opposite field to Brett Lawrie which set the tone in the early innings. By the time that home run was hit, I felt like the Yankees offense was packing it in. The Yankees magic numbers did not change since yesterday's win. However, one number changed which may have mattered most to the Yankees and that was their lead in the division.

Tomorrow night, Hiroki Kuroda makes what may be his biggest start of the season when he faces this Blue Jays lineup. The Yankees need a solid six innings from Kuroda with a well-rested back end of the bullpen in David Robertson and Rafael Soriano.

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