Yankees in need of 'freakin' energy
August 07, 2018 3:03 AM
by Ramon Scott
Fans of the New York Yankees are so mad even the President is probably ready to fire Aaron “Freakin’” Boone.
After the meltdown against the Red Sox on Sunday night completing a Boston four-game sweep, Yanks’ brass might be ready to just start from scratch in 2019 except for their big money moves.
Okay, The Bronx may be going bonkers over their frustrations, as the Yanks are still in line for a Wild Card, and hosting the playoff, at that, but who’s to say this uncontrollable outfit can stop the fade from here, much less overcome the other contenders in the American League playoffs.
They just don’t have that Yankee championship form and it shows. New York has fallen to nearly 4-to-1 to win the pennant and close to 10-1 to win the World Series for the most part, though some square books have been a little more reluctant in the offer to increase their exposure to the big club.
And while Donald Trump may not have channeled – or tweeted – his inner George Steinbrenner, it would be easy to imagine “The Boss” at the podium on Monday morning making a gloomy managerial change as a way to wake up a bunch of misplaced millionaires faking a team chemistry that in no way can match the Sox persona right now.
Jealous much. Only Billy Martin would have a chance to save this profanity-laced show.
Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman are feeling the heat, the pitchers are all over the place, literally, and the lineup can’t drive runners in at all, even with a healthy Aaron Judge.
All this while Boston laughs, has fun and celebrates at their rivals’ expense. And the Yankees are so woeful, they can’t even get heated with their enemy because they end up embarrassed by their performance in the most critical of moments.
Somebody is going to have to go. As George – or The Donald – might say, “You’re fired.”
PIRATES (-105, 10.5) at ROCKIES (Wed., 12:10): Bucs up nearly 11 units versus RHP on the road this season, while the Rockies, despite the surge into the race, are down a little over 5.5 units at home. Chris Archer didn’t have a good debut with Pittsburgh but has held this lineup well under a .200 avg. in 30 PAs. German Marquez has looked sharp of late. PIT, 6-5
TWINS (+150, 10) at INDIANS (Wed., 4:10): Indians’ Mike Clevenger hasn’t won since July 1 but still gives his team a chance to win despite a woeful -12 units for backers this season. Jake Odorizzi has recorded just one victory over the last two months and Twins, who are down more than 15 units on the road are 4-8 in his away starts. CLE, 6-4
DODGERS (-150, 7o20) at ATHLETICS (Wed., 7:05): Clayton Kershaw, who holds this A’s group to under a .120 average, is down nearly 10 units for his supporters, but certainly no question as to his form, now in his ninth-start since his last DL respite. Oakland’s Brett Anderson is up 4.5 units in nine starts despite a 4.64 ERA. LAD, 4-3
MARINERS (+165, 7.5) at ASTROS (Thur., 5:10): Fading Seattle has won five of James Paxton’s six road starts and he holds this expected Astros’ lineup to just over .200 in a healthy 175 PAs. Astros’ Justin Verlander racked up 14 Ks against the Dodgers on Friday and now has a 0.88 WHIP despite being down over 12 units when backed. HOU, 4-2
RED SOX (-250, 8.5) at O’s (Fri., 4:05): RHP Nathan Eovaldi has pitched 15 scoreless innings so far for his new club and owns a 0.89 WHIP this season with just nine walks, though this O’s lineup bats nearly .400 against him in nearly 50 PAs. Orioles’ Yefry Ramirez won against Boston at home on July 24, but Mookie Betts has two HRs off him. BOS, 5-3
PHILLIES (-135, 8.5u15) at SD PADRES (Fri., 7:10): Phillies’ Zach Eflin is up 5.25 units and has taken the loss just once over the past two months. Padres’ rookie Joey Lucchesi has received the support of sharps and maybe proved them correct in a nine-strikeout effort over Chicago last Sunday in a Wrigley win, though Padres are 4-7 in his home starts. PHL, 5-4
RANGERS (+200, 10.5) at YANKEES (Sat., 10:05): Lance Lynn isn’t going to save the Yankees, but he’s coming off a start on Monday as a likely heavily-backed choice at close to -200 at the White Sox in his second pinstripe outing. Rangers’ Martin Perez has a 6.50 ERA and is making his 10th start, though he’s allowed just one earned run in three of his last four. NYY, 6-4
BREWERS (EV, 9) at BRAVES (Sat., 4:10): Braves are 8-3 in Julio Teheran’s home starts, though he has a 4.23 ERA in SunTrust. He’s held this Milwaukee lineup to around .225 average over 75 plate appearances. Lefty Wade Miley has good numbers in his short stint with Milwaukee so far and has a 2.10 ERA after a ND on Sunday vs. Colorado. ATL, 5-4
DIAMONDBACKS (-125, 9o20) at REDS (Sun., 10:10): Zack Godley entered the week up over 4.5 units for Arizona but he comes in with a 5.46 ERA, allowing the Reds’ top bats a .451 combined average over 35 ABs. The Reds’ Luis Castillo seems always heavily backed by sharp money and he’s turned a small 3.5 unit profit entering the week. CIN, 6-4
NATIONALS (-109) at CUBS (Sun., 5:05): Max Scherzer hasn’t quit on the season – either his own or the Nationals’ – as he comes in off a home start on Tuesday against Atlanta. The Cubs’ Cole Hamels rebounded nicely in his second start, striking out nine in five innings against the Bucs last Wednesday. He was -220 on Monday at KC. Check wind. WASH, 3-2