And lo, on the 15th day of this second month of the season, the Yankees bats fell silent again.
After busting out for eight runs off Jason Hammel and the O’s bullpen on Monday night, they ran right into an improved Wei-Yin Chen, who has been brilliant since the Yankees got to him in his Major League debut. Last night, that manifested itself in seven innings of two-run, four-hit ball, as the Yankees blew their chance to get in on the first-place shuffle with a 5-2 loss and a split of their two-game set with Baltimore.
Even with Chen on his game, one would have expected CC Sabathia to give the Yankees a chance. Instead, after four consecutive eight-inning outings, Sabathia got into trouble early and never really hit his stride, lasting only six innings and allowing four runs on eight hits and four walks. He struck out six, but as those bases on balls would indicate, he had some trouble finding the zone with any consistency, and got himself into bad counts which led to hits.
It didn’t ...