The Yankees looked old and tired Friday night.
Remember when we used to say that all the time about this club, even as it slogged its way to championships or at least division titles?
The great sell-off of 2016, which begat the Baby Bombers, made way for a new, exciting era which nevertheless so far has not reaped any division titles — let alone championships. And Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field (worst ballpark name ever), the upstart White Sox made the Yankees look like groggy old men once more.
The final score turned into a 10-2 White Sox whupping, the Yankees’ third straight loss and eighth in 11 games as they fell a half-game behind the Rays (who thumped the Angels, 9-4) in the American League East.
“We just haven’t played as well,” Brett Gardner said. “Defensively, we’ve made some mistakes. Offensively, [we] haven’t been able to expand like we need to, string together good at-bats. I’m just disappointed.”
The pitching has been no great shakes, either, and Friday’s matchup stood out as especially symbolic: CC Sabathia, in his third attempt at nabbing career win number 250, fell woefully short to rising White Sox stud Lucas Giolito, who surrendered Luke Voit’s solo homer in the first inning and then shut down the Yankees into the seventh. Sabathia, meanwhile, took that 1-0 lead from Voit and handed it back in a four-run, nine-batter bottom of the first.
It’s time for these Yankees to get off the mat. To stop looking so old and rickety and fight once more. To stop making these White Sox, impressive yet raw, look like the 1927 Yankees.