In the past seven games, the Yankees’ rotation has gone from terrific to terrible, and based on how the Red Sox have punished Aaron Boone’s starters, the savagery might not be winding down.
“It’s obviously been a rough week for us,’’ Boone said after the Red Sox handed the Yankees their heads for a second straight night with a 10-5 beating that was witnessed by 37,095 at Fenway Park. “All we can do is dive in and do the best we can and try to tighten things up and get things corrected.’’
That dive had better be deep, because the starters in the past seven games have been horrific.In that stretch, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, CC Sabathia, Domingo German and J.A. Happ are a collective 1-4 with a 15.61 ERA. In 27²/₃ innings, they have given up 54 hits and 13 walks. Only because the bats covered for dismal outings in Minnesota earlier this week were the Yankees 3-4 in that stretch.
Friday night, it was Paxton pitching for the second time in that seven-game stretch, and he gave up seven runs and nine hits in four innings to drop to 5-6. For the third straight outing, the lefty gave up a home run to the first batter he faced.