August 10, 2015

Schadenfreude 182 (A Continuing Series)

On the morning of July 29, the Yankees led the AL East by 7.0 games.

On the morning of August 10, the Yankees lead the AL East by 1.5 games.

The Blue Jays finished a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium (2-1, 6-0, 2-0) on Sunday afternoon. New York was held to only three hits in both of the last two games. The Yankees have not scored a run in their last 26 innings.

Four runs in last five games (against the Red Sox and Blue Jays):

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Roger Rubin, Daily News:
On Sunday the Yankees' performance against the charging Blue Jays at the Stadium made so little noise you could almost hear them starting to sweat.

The Bombers and ace Masahiro Tanaka were beaten 2-0 before 42,034 and the race at the top of the AL East is getting tighter than a baseball cap that's a size too small. The Yanks had a six-game lead at this time a week ago. In completing a three-game sweep and winning their eighth in a row, the Toronto is now 1½ games back. ...

The Yankees scored once against the Jays in the series and have tallied just four runs in five games after scoring 90 in the previous 10 contests.

The Jays have won 11 of 12 since the July 27 acquisition of Troy Tulowitzski and have pared 6½ games off a deficit that had been eight games. ...

Continuing one of the most ridiculous recent traditions at the Stadium, the fan who ended up with the ball in the left field seats threw the ball back on the field and it appeared to strike left fielder Brett Gardner.
George A. King III, Post:
The Dead Bats Society is in an extended session that has just about erased an AL East lead that not long ago was headed for double digits. ...

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Yankees had no punch. After Mark Teixeira homered in the second frame Friday night, the Yankees didn't score in the next 26 innings. In three games, the Yankees batted just nine times with runners in scoring position, and didn't get a hit.
Bill Madden, Daily News:
One can only imagine the churning feeling in Brian Cashman's stomach as he watched David Price methodically mowing his way through the Yankee lineup Saturday, allowing barely a threat and making a statement about what his presence in a Toronto Blue Jays uniform is going to mean over the last two months of season. ...

Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, that tremor felt ominously more like a full-blown earthquake coming. Here was Price, the guy that got away, following up on the Blue Jays' 10-inning, 2-1 "statement" win in the first game of this showdown series the night before, shutting the Yankees out on three hits over seven innings ...

Beware of the Blue Jays. That tremor being felt in the AL East is them.