The Yankees lost a game Friday night while Brian Cashman was holding a press conference to discuss the latest batch of injuries and physical setbacks. The 2019 season, to date, hardly could have been summarized better.
Eloy Jimenez and James McCann homered consecutively off Chad Green with one out in the seventh that widened the White Sox lead to 9-6. Rain that had been falling all evening worsened. The game was delayed at 9:51 p.m. The Yankees announced Cashman would have a media availability a few minutes later, ostensibly to discuss Dellin Betances’ injury setback. But it turned into a 20-minute session on the state of the club.
Cashman mentioned the team was not getting competitive play from the healthy guys during this injury storm. I followed up by asking him why and if he still had faith in those players. Cashman followed with a six-minute filibuster during which he noted he expected the game would ultimately be postponed and the Yankees stuck with a loss. At that moment, he was informed that already had occurred.
“See, everything is going my way right now,” the Yankees general manager joked.
The final was 9-6 and another moment to capitalize on an expected punching bag had come and gone. The White Sox had lost five straight, getting outscored 45-14. But J.A. Happ, one of the remaining frontline healthy players who needs to perform, wilted for the third time in three starts.