NEW YORK – Yankees manager Aaron Boone gets straight to the point.
“It’s a horrible couple of days there,” Boone said. “We have to get past him quickly. “
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Time is running out for the Yankees, who lost to the Indians 11-1 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
They’ve been outscored 24-4 in their last two games and they’ve lost three of their last four, dating back to their final series loss to the humble Orioles on Thursday.
They are 1 1/2 games away from second place in the American League Wild Card Game.
The offense – which should be among the best in the league – has been inconsistent, baffling Boone.
“Obviously that’s the thing that intrigued us the most this year,” said Boone. “We have to improve quickly. Period. It just wasn’t good enough today and the important thing is to remember that we are not far from where we were a few weeks ago when we were hunting them. But we have to do better than that.
Boone said it wasn’t for lack of effort.
“I know the guys are locked up,” he said. “I know they are getting ready. I know how badly they want it. Sometimes it can bother you a bit. The last couple of days when you’re falling behind you can’t chain that rally or maybe you get a few guys over there and it’s been a double ball or it’s a slapped ball against the fence. But you have to get there. It is up to us to do it and to put ourselves in position.
“Even the energy of today, when you’re still getting your teeth pushed in, I never felt the fight wasn’t there.” The competition is there. We just need to get the production now.
Gerrit Cole was hit hard, allowing seven earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. The ace fell to 15-8 with a 3.03 ERA.
He was asked if the team’s confidence was affected by his inconsistent ways.
“We believe in ourselves,” Cole said. “We believe in the talent we have and our abilities. We prepared. I can certainly tell you that I was prepared this week. Speaking for myself, confidence in myself, regardless of yesterday’s loss or ups and downs, I build my confidence from my preparation. I was prepared for this match. I felt really confident and fine before I started. I guess we have a lot of real pros who probably do their business the same way. That said, it still sucks to lose. It’s still bad to lose like that. It always sucks that you won’t have a clear and concise answer to the problem so that you can go ahead and solve it. This in itself is also difficult to deal with, as you are trying to control what you can control. It’s going to be hard to shower. It is not going to be easy. It certainly does not facilitate trust. But at the same time, we don’t really have a choice. We don’t build much confidence by playing inconsistently. It’s not a great way to gain a lot of confidence. We just have to go out and prepare and trust what we’re doing. Just try to win a match and go from there. Rinse this one off and move on.
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