Immaculate Inning. Yeah good one…
The New York Yankees have won 27 World Series and have the second-highest payroll in baseball. What is happening with the Bronx Bombers currently is unacceptable, and something needs to change.
The Yankees are 31-27 and 4.5 games back in the division after Friday’s 5-2 loss to the Red Sox.
Michael King was not Immaculate on Friday
Yankees starting pitcher Michael King went 5.1 innings and gave up four earned runs, which gave him the loss on Friday. The pitcher threw an Immaculate Inning in the fourth frame against the Red Sox.
An immaculate inning is when a pitcher records three strikeouts on nine straight pitches. MLB media was making a big deal about King’s immaculate inning because it was the seventh in Yankees’ history.
I do not know if you have checked out the New York tabloids, but nobody cares about the immaculate inning. They care about the Bronx Bombers adding in the mark in the win column, which did not occur on Friday.
King threw an immaculate inning, but he was far from immaculate throughout the night. I give the pitcher a lot of credit because he told it like it is after the game.
“I’d rather win a game than throw an immaculate inning.”
Nobody cares about an immaculate inning unless you win the game. This achievement does not put a World Series ring on anyone’s finger. New York’s grit and competitiveness were embarrassing on Friday, and something needs to change with this club.
New York struck out 15 times on Friday against the Red Sox pitching staff. Matt Barnes fanned Gary Sanchez in the ninth, which was a fitting way to end the night for the former savages. The Bronx Bombers have become the Bronx Strikeout Machines in 2021.
The Red Sox had lost 11 straight games inside Yankee Stadium heading into Friday night’s contest, but New York underperformed and gave away another winnable contest.
The Yankees are starting to compile quite the losing stretch dropping eight of their past 11 contests. They are still alive in the American League East.
However, they have not put together a stretch that makes me feel confident about this team. It’s still early, and I will not make a full judgment on the squad until August, but they need to start playing better.
Where’s the Grit?
New York has been battered by injuries which is a reason to struggle. Although, there has been no grit in the Bronx.
New York and Boston met for the first time last night, and it looked like another game for the Yankees. We are talking about one of the biggest rivalries in sports, and the Bronx Bombers did not look like they were present at the yard.
That is what bothers me the most as a baseball fan.
New York is defining wasted potential, and if something does not change soon, the savages will be tanning in Florida in October when the Dodgers are winning their second straight pennant.
My rant will only intensify if New York does not find a way to win the next two games. Sports 2.0 Twitter thinks this will happen, but I am not so confident in a team that cannot get excited to play the Red Sox.
DJ LeMahieu said, “We’re frustrated. We just haven’t put a great week, a great month, together yet.”
At least the Yankees are not afraid to tell a lie…
Tanner Kern is a writer for Knup Sports and the Sports 2.0 Network. He is the host of Between the Lines, the official show of Baseball Spotlight, and the main contributor for the website. Connect with Tanner on IG @tannerkern and Twitter @tannerkern_.