Not the headline you were hoping for, huh?
For a team that has sustained the most injuries during a course of a long, grueling MLB season, the New York Yankees deserve a lot of credit for getting the most out of their entire lineup.
However, in last night’s 4-3 loss vs the Blue Jays, Gleyber Torres was the latest Yankee to go down after his right leg buckled when fielding a grounder.
Gleyber was able to get up on his own, but told manager Aaron Boone that he “felt a little weak” in his lower legs after the play. He was pulled as a precaution, but nonetheless not the kind of news you want to hear about any player let alone, the Yankees All-Star Second Baseman.
At a first glance, the 22-year old phenom should be able to overcome this, but with recent injuries to Dellin Betances (Achilles) and the loss Domingo German (suspension) the Yankees have fallen to 1.5 games behind the Houston Astros for best record in the A.L.
Considering that the Yankees and Astros are far better at home than away, having home field advantage in the playoffs could be a huge difference maker if the two teams were to meet in the A.L.C.S.
With 7 games remaining, the Yankees got a jolt with the return of Luis Severino who pitched 4 shutout innings on Wednesday and Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a double in his first at-bat since a 60-game stint on the injury list.
Despite clinching the A.L East a day before, the Yankees had little time to celebrate against the Blue Jays.
Tommy Kahnle started the seventh inning with a 3-2 lead and struck out Randal Grichuk, but a walk to Teoscar Hernandez was followed by Justin Smoak’s homer to right-center that ended up being the game-winning go-ahead score.
Aaron Judge cracked his 25th homer of the season a doubled later in the 9th inning, but after a walk to Didi Gregorius, Gio Urshela grounded out into a double play and shortly after, the Blue Jays closer Ken Giles recorded his 21st save of the season.
While the Blue Jays improved to 63-91, the Yankees allowed the Astros to gain more ground and take a step closer to home field advantage throughout the post-season.
The Yankees will look to rebound later today as they face the Blue Jays at 1:00pm.