Yankees struggles continue…and Justin Verlander

by David Veloz

After tonight’s 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees have now lost seven out of their last ten games and are now 2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays.  There is really not much to write about tonight’s game, except of course the fact that the Yankees continue to struggle to get hits with runners in scoring position.  The Yankees were 1-for-7 and left 8 runners in scoring position.

I guess the only positive thing out of tonight’s game would have to be Bartolo Colon’s performance on the mound.  He has once again given the Yankees a quality start, just surrendering two runs in 6+ innings of work.  Even though he got into trouble in the 4th inning, he still managed to battle through and get out of that inning relatively unscathed by just giving up the two aforementioned runs.  What I liked about Colon’s performance tonight, unlike his last outing against the Rangers, was that his fastball had life to it.  Unlike last Saturday night, there was movement to his pitches that allowed him to get out of trouble when the Red Sox best hitters were at the plate.    Unfortunately for Colon, the Yankee lineup didn’t provide him with the same run support Clay Buchholz got from the Red Sox.   Hey, at least Carl Crawford’s hit streak is over!

Justin Verlander….

In an unrelated note, Justin Verlander followed his not hitter performance from last week by almost no-hitting the Kansas City Royals.  It seems that Verlander came as close as 4 innings from matching Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no hit feat from 1938.   Verlander is also the second pitcher in the last three years to follow a no-hitter with 5 or more no hit innings on their next start.  Mark Buehrle in 2009 almost no hit the Minnesota Twins after tossing a perfect game against the Rays.  Now, lets hope Verlander doesn’t struggle the in the same way Buehrle did after his pitching mastery.