Another day, another loss for the New York Yankees. Ugggh…Being a life long Yankee fan with an emotional history of rooting for the Yankees from childhood to present, this is hard to take. Not that I don’t accept a team rebuilding, but when your this bad with a team full of once successful veterans, well, it’s just dam hard to handle. Here’s the reality… At 8-16, the Yankees are eight games under .500 for the first time in the Joe Girardi era (2008-present). They have been outscored by a 37-to-13 margin during their current six-game losing streak. I know it’s early in the season but I have always been a believer that after 25 games into the season you can start to get a picture of what your team is really like, and this picture is ugly!
For starters, they’re averaging 3.4 runs per game. If you eliminate the first week of the season they’re averaging 2.3 runs per game. That stat alone puts pressure on the struggling pitching staff with a 4.74 ERA. The starting rotation has fared poorly, with an AL-worst 5.13 ERA, and a .282 batting average that ranks 14th in the league. Yankees' games with a lead at any point after the sixth inning are the fewest in baseball.
The offense has been non-existent. They haven’t gotten a key hit in big spots in almost a month and are last in RISP in all of baseball. They’re batting a major-league worst .196 in the seventh through ninth innings. In the 12 games from April 9th thru the 30th, they only scored more than 4 runs once. Get the picture! Then there’s the sloppy defense, not able to turn double plays and not executing the basic plays like relays . Just watch last night’s game (Severino’s 2 errors).
Im not ready to concede. There is over 130 games remaining. They are better than an 8-16 team, but the saving grace may be that there maybe a shakeup in the not too distant future . Making changes with the coaching staff isn’t the answer, (hitting coach Alan Cockrell?), Making changes to the starting line-up might be, even if that means sitting high priced starters like ,Chase Hedley and Carlos Beltran. Problem is who do we play in their place, Aaron Hicks and Ronald Torreyes, or do we take a chance on minor leaguers like James Kaprielian or Aaron Judge? The pickins are slim and maybe it’s a little too soon to knock over the apple cart, but that day is fast approaching.
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