In hindsight, we probably should have seen this coming. Of course this year's team would follow up a strong stretch of games against some of the best the MLB has to offer by going down to Tampa and getting swept by the basement-dwelling Rays. But hey, it wasn't all bad news. At least this series finally convinced Hal and his minions that selling was the best course of action.
Friday (TB 5 NYY 1)- It was a battle of potential trade targets between Jake Odorizzi and Ivan Nova, and Odorizzi came up firmly on top in terms of helping his trade value. He tossed 6 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts and no walks while Nova gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks and failed to get out of the 5th inning. Tampa was all over Nova and the offense didn't score its lone run until the top of the 8th. Interestingly enough, every Yankee position player had at least 1 hit except for Starlin Castro.
Saturday (TB 6 NYY 3)- Nathan Eovaldi turned in a pretty decent start on Saturday. With how unpredictable he is game to game, I'd sign up for 6 innings and 3 runs every day. This game got away from the Yanks in the 7th when Anthony Swarzak came on to relieve Eovaldi and got touched up for 3 runs, the deathblow a 2-run homer off the bat of Tim Beckham. The offense was a little more feisty in this one, scoring 3 runs on dingers by Brett Gardner and Chase Headley. But they also only had 5 hits as a team, and that usually isn't enough.
Sunday (TB 5 NYY 3)- Yesterday was more of the same. Bad starting pitching (6 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB for Michael Pineda), not enough offense when they really needed it, and another loss. Carlos Beltran drove in 2 runs in the 6th with a homer off Blake Snell. Other than that, Snell held the Yankee lineup at bay and sent them back to New York right at .500 for what seems like the hundredth time in the last month.