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As New York Yankees Continue To Sink, Here Are Their Seven Worst Losses Of The Season

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at July 26, 2021

In the famous Simpsons episode “Homer at the Bat,” when Mr. Burns manages a softball team filled with professional ringers such as Jose Canseco, Wade Boggs, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr., he is discussing how much he likes his chances at winning.

In one scene, he says to his assistant Mr. Smithers: “Three misfortunes, that’s possible. Seven misfortunes, there’s an outside chance.”

You can change some of the wording around when it applies to the Yankees and their string of “worst losses of the season.” Going into the season, you could envision fans saying “three worst losses of the season, that’s possible.” Then they might think, there is not an outside chance of “seven worst losses of the season.”

Not only are the Yankees are up to seven worst losses of the season, there still are more than two months to go for them to pile up a few more. Each one has its own type of uniqueness and they are among the 47 losses through the first 98 games, a mark the Yankees did not expect to possess with a mere five days before the trade deadline.

Each of these losses have been since June 1 and each have that distinction because the Yankees entered the eighth or ninth inning with a lead that seemed safe. The latest was the capper on a second lost weekend in Fenway Park where the Yankees are 1-6 with the one win coming when they scored four times in the eighth Saturday after looking lifeless most of the afternoon.

Perhaps the string of “worst losses of the season” can best be described in the radio broadcast booth:

On Sunday, Domingo German was pitching a no-hitter for 7 1/3 innings and the first hit resulted in a pitching change, which you could wonder if it came too late since German has rarely pitched this month and not exceeded over 100 pitches this year. Soon after German’s exit the Red Sox scored their first run and then four more for a 5-4 victory that led the latest utterance of the phrase “gut punch” by manager Aaron Boone, who probably did not think he would incorporate those words into his postgame comments so often.

This came as he admittedly second-guessed his decisions which were first-guessed by some. Among them letting Jonathan Loaisiga face a fourth batter when he was pitching on consecutive days after being down for two-plus weeks with COVID-19. Another was playing the infield back and conceding the tying run with Zack Britton on the mound since the left-hander often allows ground balls and when he allowed a ground ball out, the Red Sox easily scored the tying run.

Boone called the second-guessing of keeping Loaisiga in “a fair question” and then said he kept the infield back because he did not get want to get beat on a soft hit with nobody out.

Eventually the Yankees did get beat on a soft sacrifice fly that even a good throw might not have prevented from occurring and they left Boston with their seventh worst loss of the season – all since June 10.

You can rank them anyway you want, but they’re among the reasons for why the Yankees are nine games out of first place and do not appear to have a 1978 comeback in them.

The first was June 10 in Minnesota when the Yankees were three outs away from a 5-3 win. Nine pitches later, they were dealt a 7-5 loss when Aroldis Chapman allowed homers to Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz.

The second was June 22 at home against the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees held a 3-2 lead entering the eighth and wound up with a 6-5 loss when the Royals struck four times off Loaisiga. The Yankees recovered to get a walk-off win and a blowout heading into their first trip to Fenway Park where we know what happened next.

The third was June 30 though it was actually July 1 when it occurred. The Yankees scored seven runs in the first inning off Shohei Ohtani. By 1 am after two rain delays, the Los Angeles Angels scored seven times in the ninth highlighted by Jared Walsh’s grand slam off Chapman.

The fourth was July 4 against the Mets in the seventh inning of a doubleheader opener. Chapman just got Pete Alonso to swing through a high fastball but the next pitch was a slider and a game-tying homer. It led to a six-run inning and a 10-5 loss that put the Yankees at .500 (41-41).

The fifth was July 11 in Houston when the Yankees were seemingly minutes away from an impressive three-game sweep. They carried a five-run lead into the ninth and it seemed you could not worry about them going 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Then Jose Altuve homered off Chad Green to cap a six-run rally. It was so stunning that Astros manager Dusty Baker described it as a “miracle” and at time teams entered with a 493-2 record when holding at least a four-run lead entering the ninth.

The sixth was Thursday when the Yankees knew they would not have Chapman after consecutive encouraging outings against the Philadelphia Phillies. Green blew a 3-1 lead and four wild pitches by Brooks Kriske in the 10th ultimately led to a 4-3 loss.

Each one of those losses can be quantified as the “worst loss of the season,” but it is reasonable to wonder that despite being a respectable 3 1/2 games behind the Oakland Athletics the second-wild card in the American League, how many more of these if any can the Yankees let alone any team actually absorb.


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