All season long the Yankees have been an inconsistent team. Despite their inconsistency the Yankees in mid June find themselves only one game behind the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the mediocre American League East Division. The Yankees are on a current eight game home stand. New York have been pretty good at home they have a record of 20 – 13 at Yankee Stadium, but they have struggled on the road a little bit, they are 18 – 19 away from the Bronx.
This month of June has been a perfect example of just how inconsistent the Yankees have been. They started off the month red hot, playing as good as any team in baseball. They went into Seattle and swept the Mariners in a three game series, and then they flew all the way back to the other side of the country back home at Yankee Stadium and swept the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a 3 game weekend series. The Yankees then had a short 2 game interleague series against the Washington Nationals where they took the first game of the series and were riding a seven game winning streak.
The Yankees inconsistency really began the next day when they lost a tough one to the Nationals 5 – 4 in 11 innings. This began a stretch of where they would lose 5 of their next 6 games. The Yankees lost two of three to the Orioles in an important division series at Orioles Park in Camden Yards. The Yankees road struggles continued as they went on to Miami losing the first two games to the Marlins. The Yankees returned home where they have played better and went on to win the next two games against the Marlins and split the interleague four game series of two games in Miami and two games in New York.
New York then began a three game weekend series against the Detroit Tigers in the Bronx. The Yankees would on to win the first two games against the Tigers outscoring them 21 to 5 in the first two games. On Sunday afternoon it was a disaster for the Yankees as Masahiro Tanaka gave up seven runs on ten hits in five innings, including a pair of first inning home runs to Tigers players Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez and another one to J.D. in the fifth inning. The Yankees went on to lose that game by the score of 12 to 4. It was the worst start of the season for Masahiro Tanaka.
The Yankees this week began a three game home series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Yankees lost the first game of the series by the score of 11 to 8. Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda gave up 8 earned runs and 11 hits in the shortest outing of his career. With two more games to go against the Phillies, this series is what many call a trap series for the Yankees.
Over the weekend they looked great beating up the Tigers in the first two games but many had the feeling after that they wouldn’t be consistent enough to carry that momentum into this series even against the worst team in baseball the Philadelphia Phillies. The Yankees need to take advantage of beating up these bad teams when they get the chance and especially at home where they’ve played pretty well this season. The only thing that’s keeping the Yankees alive at this point of this season is the mediocre division they play in.
At the end of the day with their pitching and most of the team staying healthy and producing on the field the Yankees look like they’re on their way to an American League East division title but have to play more consistent in order to officially take over this division and be a threat in the American League.