The boos began early Monday. They were intended for George Springer, who was the target of Yankee fans for his role in the 2017 Astros cheating scandal. However, the Blue Jays midfielder calmed the taunts with a home run and an RBI double. So the anger of Bronx believers was directed at the Bombers and their weak offense.
Alek Manoah and the Blue Jays’ bullpen held the Yankees to just three goals and shut out the Bombers with a 3-0 loss in front of 26,211 at the stadium.
Aaron Judge, who was booed as he walked off the field after his second bat in the eighth inning, said this Blue Jays team, picked by many to win the division, has been a season-long struggle for the Yankees will be .
“They’re a great ball club,” Judge said. “They have a great offense that we saw today. Up and down they got boys and hit the power, got good up and down speed and then great pitching staff. A good starting rotation and back end of the bullpen. So they’re going to be tough all year round, but we’re looking forward to it.”
The Yankees (2-2) lost back-to-back and quietly went down to their American League East rivals on Monday night.
Joey Gallo, who had his first multiple hit game of the season, led the ninth with a single, but Gleyber Torres then hit into a double play. Aaron Hicks singled and then knocked out Kyle Higashioka to end the game.
That’s how it went for the Yankees’ bats most of the night.
Manoah confused the supposedly strong lineup. Joey Gallo’s single in the second was the Bombers’ only hit in the first six innings. The Blue Jays right-hander, who made his major league debut here at Yankee Stadium last season, walked four Yankees to bases but also hit seven.
“He found his pitches. We put a little pressure on him and we didn’t get through,” said Anthony Rizzo. “He’s got three pitches he can locate and he’s located them. Take your hat off to him. He made a good game.”
Yes, it’s very, very early in the season. But offense was an issue last season, and the Yankees are yet to show they’ve improved that aspect of their game.
The Yankees were built on power hitters and designed to overwhelm their opponents with attacks, but last season they finished seventh in the American League in OPS (.729), tenth in runs scored (711), and fourth in strikeouts (1,482 ). The Yankees let longtime hitting coach Marcus Thames and assistant hitting coach PJ Pilittere go after those fights this winter.
They promoted Dillon Lawson, who had been the team’s minor league hitting coordinator, to the coaching position in the big leagues. Promoted Triple-A hitting coach Casey Dykes to his assistant and hired Hensley Meulens, who has extensive major league coaching experience, as his second assistant.
So far, the change in personnel has not brought the desired success.
While offense has declined across the board — with a league-wide four-game batting average from .237 last year to .229 now and OPS from .714 to .682 — the Yankees aren’t exactly dominating this side of the ball. The Yankees went into Monday night’s game 18th in the league and 16th in OPS.
Jameson Taillon, who got off to a strong start, was surprised by the lack of offense.
“You have to do your best to knock out this lineup,” said Yankees right-hander Jameson Taillon. “So not much will happen this year, I don’t think. Even in the game like tonight they worked a lot of walks and good counts, there were hard balls.
“Hats off,” Taillon said of the Blue Jays. “They played really good defense throughout the game and made the plays when they had to and made the pitches when they had to.”
Taillon, who was a question mark at the start of the season after ankle surgery this winter, became the first Yankee pitcher to go five innings this year. Taillon struggled against the Blue Jays and allowed two runs with five hits. He struck six and walked no batter. The only damage the Jays did to the right-hander was George Springer’s two-run third-inning homer.
Taillon held in check the rest of the Blue Jays’ explosive lineup, which already had eight major league-leading homers in play.
Michael King dropped an RBI double to Springer in the seventh.
“They’re super professional,” Taillon said of the Blue Jays’ lineup. “They will adapt and we have to make sure we don’t get caught up in something that’s predictable. It’s going to be a fun back and forth.”
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