In what felt like the worst loss in baseball history, the Yankees had a full-blown meltdown during game one of a July 4th doubleheader with the Mets. They led 5-4 with closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound and ended up losing 10-5. My goodness, this team gives the Washington Generals a run for their money.
We won’t even mention that this team’s payroll sits at $200 million (whoops).
Pete Alonso leads off the seventh with a game-tying homer off Aroldis Chapman. Yankee Stadium is going nuts…and not because of the Yankees fans.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 4, 2021
Mets 5, Yankees 5, top seven. pic.twitter.com/BKtfeGxwwg
First off, why is Chapman taking the mound when he’s noticeably ineffective? He’d given up runs in each of his last six appearances, so one would think Yankees Manager Aaron Boone would take a hint. Nope. Boone decided not to overthink this one, and it turned out to bite the Bombers…again.
The team’s management consistently fails to use common sense and would rather operate using pie charts and nerds who never touched a baseball field. Did it take a wizard to figure out Chapman shouldn’t have taken the mound in a key spot against the cross-town rival Mets? No, and it’s really too bad the Yankees bought into this junky mindset.
And secondly, this team has no heart. Mets drop six runs on the Yankees’ heads and the team goes down without any fight in the bottom half of the seventh. It’s a managerial issue whenever a baseball team quit. When all else fails and the team sees no hope, the manager is supposed to bring his team back to the front lines to fight. We didn’t see that today, and that’s an indictment on this staff. Either that or the team knows they stink.
Gerrit Cole also wet the sheets today
After a solid opening start after the “sticky stuff” ban in Minnesota, Gerrit Cole was shelled (again), giving up four runs on just three and 1/3 innings pitched. You can’t cash checks on a nine-year, $324 million deal in pinstripes with that type of performance. It could be argued that the loss is on Cole, but Boone decided to take center stage late, which will likely take some of the heat off of the Yankees ace.
And now unfortunately, the Yankees sit ten games back of the first place Boston Red Sox. It might be time to put a fork in ’em.