New York Yankees great Yogi Berra famously liked to say, "It's getting late early out there." It feels like it's getting late early for the Yankees right now, who are off to their worst start in 30 years.
New York lost to the Atlanta Braves 4-1 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night and moved to 6-11—dead last in the AL East. The last time the club started the season this badly was in 1991. This two-game midweek matchup was once billed as a potential World Series preview, but the Braves also find themselves at the bottom of the NL East.
It was a frigid night in the Bronx. The temperature briefly dipped below 40 degrees after an afternoon of thunderstorms. It was a sign of cold bats and turbulent times to come.
The Yankees looked lifeless at the plate. They mustered only four hits off Braves right-hander Ian Anderson and five total. Maybe the upstate New York native is conditioned for pitching in the cold, or maybe the Yankees fell flat.
There was a clear lack of hustle and no sense of urgency. Gleyber Torres illustrated this in the seventh inning when he squibbed one in front of the plate on a checked swing and jogged to first base instead of trying to sprint to beat the throw from catcher Travis d'Arnaud.