Although the opportunity presented itself on a golden platter, the New York Yankees couldn’t capitalize in the rubber-game against the Jays.
By Corey Aron
As if today wasn’t a somber day enough with the passing of New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra, the Yankees have now dropped the rubber-game of the most important series of their season by falling to the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0. The Yanks have posted a putrid 6-13 record against Toronto and now find themselves 3 in a half games back of the Jays with only 11 games to go.
David Price may not have always had his success against the Bronx Bombers, especially with the eight-run debacle he had against them with Detroit earlier in the year. However, since Price having been acquired from Toronto, he’s become the Yankees worst nightmare on the mound. He’s been the more valuable asset for the team, even more so than Troy Tulowitzki.
Remember, Toronto still possessed the best offense before getting Tulo. David Price is now 3-0 in his last 4 starts against the Yankees, and his catcher Russell Martin, a former player in pinstripes has also had his way against New York by clobbering 4 HRs and 15 RBIs vs. NYY.
What a night in Toronto! Russell Martin’s 3-run HR lifts Blue Jays to a 4-0 win over Yankees. Jays now 3½ up on NYY. pic.twitter.com/3njKYSS6Px
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 24, 2015
When you increase your division lead. pic.twitter.com/0k1E8gCQkq
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 24, 2015
The bright spot in this series was to see Luis Severino once again prove that the 21 year old is ready to pitch in the limelight and could have even warranted for Joe Girardi to potentially go to the young stud for the Wild Card Game. Let’s face it, had the Yankees won tonight we wouldn’t immediately jump to the conclusion about the Wild Card game just yet, but at this point I think Toronto has once again proven to be the more inferior ball club.
The Yankees had their chances in tonight’s ball game, especially in the top of the 7th inning with runners on 1st and 2nd base, Dustin Ackley scorched a ball to dead center, and just didn’t want to land before CF Kevin Pillar was able to put it away while maintaining Toronto’s 1-0 lead at the time. The bottom of 7th was where we saw former Rookie of the Year Andrew Bailey throw fairly sharp stuff but wasn’t able to get that final strike on Russell Martin. Instead, Bailey left one hanging inside, and Muscle Russell pulled the pitch and got himself a huge 3 run shot to shut the door for the Yanks.
Stay tuned to Elite Sports NY as we will surely cover the upcoming Yankees – White Sox series.
*YOGI BERRA TRIBUTE STAT*
Amazing Yogi stats: Never struck out more than 38 times in a season. Had 12 K in 597 AB in 1950. Five times more HR than K in a season.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) September 23, 2015