New York Yankees

The New York Yankees just can’t figure it out right now as they fall harmlessly to the Oakland Athletics and have lost seven of their last eight. 

  • Oakland Athletics: 7 (8-7)
  • New York Yankees: 3 (5-9)
  • American League, FINAL, Box Score
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

By Christian Kouroupakis

The homestand hasn’t been too kind to the New York Yankees as they drop tonight’s ballgame 7-3 and get swept by the Oakland Athletics.

Chris Coghlan hit a two-run home run and Mark Canha, Khris Davis, and Coco Crisp each hit a solo jack to power the A’s to the three-game sweep.

Luis Severino pitched much better than his previous outing that caused his ERA to climb to 5.91. In tonight’s no decision, he tossed six innings of two-run ball while striking out four.

In terms of offense, it’s more of the same. New York is averaging a mere 2.25 runs per game in their last eight games and is 1-7 in that span.

In the course of a 162-game season, a lot can change. But what the Yankees are proving right now is that without injuries -their preseason question mark- the team has the ability to rot in the cellar of the AL East.

The staggering Yankees have dropped their third straight series and are off to their worst start since 2005.

Well… That’s Odd:

The bullpen with the fifth-best ERA and the most strikeouts in the American League didn’t have their greatest game tonight.

In three innings pitched, Chasen Shreve and Johnny Barbato surrendered five runs on three hits including three home runs and three walks.

Through the first 13 games of 2016, the Yankee ‘pen only allowed one home run but on Shreve’s first two pitches tonight, he let up two dingers.

Human Highlight Reel:

After making an incredible throw to home plate last night to nab  Danny Valencia, Aaron Hicks followed the stellar play with two more tonight.

The first came in the top of the fourth after Chris Coghlan lifted a fly ball down the left-field line. Hicks ran over, channeled his inner Spiderman, and made the play up against the wall.

Then, in the top of the sixth, Jed Lowrie ripped a single to left but got a little greedy by trying to extend it to a double.

He learned the hard way on how you should never test Hicks’ arm. Effortlessly, Hicks turned and fired a strike to Starlin Castro to nab the greedy Lowrie by a country mile.

What’s Next:

The Yankees will begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend, and are in desperate need for a series win after dropping their third in a row.

CC Sabathia will take the mound for New York while Matt Moore will oppose him for the Rays.

Sabathia owns a 5.06 ERA on this young season but his new cutter has allowed himself to become valuable yet again for the Yankees.

Moore is 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 2016 and has some quality success against the Bombers. In 10 career starts against them, Moore is 5-2 with a 3.83 ERA with a 9.0 K/9 ratio.

First pitch will be at 7:05 with complete coverage starting at six on the YES Network and ESNY will have the full series preview prior to the start of the series.

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