Are the Yankees facing the curse of Joey Gallo?
Probably not, but New York is 2-10 since Major League Baseball’s trade deadline after a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
The Yankees lost their weekend series to the Boston Red Sox and have struggled to hit in their last 10 games. Though they still sit atop the American League East standings and have a 10-game lead over the second-place Toronto Blue Jays, this is not the same baseball the Bronx Bombers have played all season.
Frustrations are beginning to boil over and the latest example of that came Monday in the bottom of the third inning when Anthony Rizzo claimed he was hit by a pitch.
Umpire D.J. Reyburn said Rizzo never made an attempt to get out of the way and the first baseman ended up striking out.
Rizzo walked back to the dugout and YES Network caught him slamming his helmet several times out of frustration.
“Whenever you feel like you got screwed over on a call, at any time, it’s annoying,” Rizzo told reporters after the game, per SNY. “We’re out here competing at the highest level. I’m up here talking to you guys. I feel like umpires have zero accountability when they miss something like that.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone wasn’t stressing after the series loss to the Red Sox, but it’s fair to wonder now if his team is beginning to fall back down to earth in the home stretch of the 2022 season.