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The Yankees are getting hammered by nearly everyone for their 5-10 start, including by the voice of the team.
Michael Kay, the YES Network play-by-play voice, slammed the Yankees on Monday during his ESPN NY radio show for being “too cute” in starting Nick Nelson as an opener in Friday’s 8-2 loss to the Rays, who ended up sweeping the weekend series.
“You’re the best-looking guy at the party. Don’t try to be the smartest,” Kay said. “Why couldn’t they start Michael King? Why were they getting cute by starting Nick Nelson, who gave up two runs and (the Rays) never looked back.”
Kay also mentioned the Yankees could have used Deivi Garcia and Domingo German. Kay likened the Nelson decision to the one where they opted to start Garcia as an opener in the 2020 ALDS against Tampa Bay.
“Don’t try to outsmart the Rays!” Kay said. “The $200 million Yankees had to go with an opener against their division rival? Why? Why couldn’t Michael King have started that game?”
Kay also pointed out that the Yankees didn’t follow Nelson, who allowed two runs in the first inning, up with a lefty to turn the lineup around, instead going to King for three innings.
“That’s an indictment on the organization when you’ve got to be cute to fill innings,” Kay ranted. “You really needed an opener on Friday when your bullpen has been absolutely besieged by work?”
The Yankees’ start has been so bad that general manager Brian Cashman had to address the state of the team on Monday, though he said he’s not making any changes yet.
“What an awful weekend for them,” Kay said. “Awful.”
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