This is how the Yankees will go into the first meeting of the year against the Red Sox Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
In a downward spiral.
They are losers of two of three to the dreadful White Sox, with only 38-year-old CC Sabathia saving the Yankees from the embarrassment of being swept at home by one of the worst teams in baseball.
Their starting pitcher Tuesday night will be James Paxton, who admitted Sunday that he is trying to find his way mentally and physically after being traded from laid-back Seattle to the pressure cooker that is New York and also has to overcome tipping his pitches.
The other Yankees starter for that series, J.A. Happ, has lost command and velocity, and is carrying an 8.76 ERA.
The team that knocked the Yankees out of the postseason last October, winning the ALDS in four games, is facing its own problems, especially on the mound, where Red Sox starters post the worst ERA in baseball at 7.34.
The Yankees and Red Sox usually bring out the best in each other. It’s time.
We’ve seen nothing but the worst in the early going of the 2019 season, and Sunday was another example of Yankees’ ineptitude.
Masahiro Tanaka could not get an out in the fifth inning, becoming the third Yankees starter over the past four games not to make it past four innings as the Yankees were beaten 5-2 by the White Sox at Yankee Stadium.