One word comes to mind to describe the Yankees’ performance in their three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays last weekend in the Bronx.
It’s never pretty getting swept, especially considering what was on the line in this matchup. The Blue Jays sweep of the Yankees cut their division lead to only 1.5 games and assures the final two months will be a fight to the finish.
In a pivotal series with so much at stake in the AL East, the Yankees powerful lineup decided to leave the lumber at home throughout the three games.
A Yankee team that had a stretch of baseball where they scored 90 runs in 10 games was held to only one run in three games vs. the Blue Jays.
They were shutout in back-to-back games for the first time since the 1999 season.
Yes, it was tough to watch, but that aspect does not concern me with this Yankees team over the final 50 or so games of the season.
The Yankees have an outstanding lineup, they will hit home runs and they will score a ton of runs over the final two months of the season. There’s no way in the world I’m going to overreact to a cold streak from the offense.
This is sort of thing is due to happen throughout the course of a 162-game season.
However, there is a very concerning fact regarding the final two months of the season for any Yankee fan out there.
The Toronto Blue Jays are the real deal.
For starters, they have the best lineup in all of baseball.
A lineup that already featured premiere sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion has been taken to a different stratosphere with a couple of key additions.
In the offseason, Toronto added former Yankee backstop Russell Martin and 2015 MVP candidate Josh Donaldson. Both Martin and Donaldson represented the American League in the All-Star game this year.
Midway through the year, Toronto went for the gusto.
On July 27, the Blue Jays shocked the world by acquiring Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the best shortstop in all of baseball.
The Blue Jays lead all of baseball in runs scored, but questions remained about their starting pitching.
They addressed what was a major need by acquiring lefty ace David Price from the Detroit Tigers to compliment veterans R.A. Dickey and Mark Bueherle.
Since finalizing both trades in late July, the Blue Jays are 11-1 and have made up 6.5 games in the standings against the Yankees.
Over the weekend, it looked like the Yankees were the team chasing the Blue Jays not the other way around.
The Yankees will have their hands full dealing with this Blue Jays team 10 more times over the final two months of the regular season.
These head-to-head matchups will go a long way in determining the AL East.
In order to win their first division title since 2012, the Yankees better figure out a way to beat the Blue Jays.
In their first nine meetings, the Yankees are 2-7 against the Jays. That’s a major problem.
The Yankees have a ton of talent, they will snap out of their funk offensively, but will that be enough to hold off this powerhouse north of the border?
Only time will tell, and we’ll find out soon enough starting this weekend in Toronto.
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