It’s been a rough two months to be a Yankees’ fan.
We’ve had to deal with injuries to a few of our star players, experience inconsistencies throughout the lineup, and watch the Red Sox skyrocket to the top of the AL East. While the Yanks still have a 65-36 record (as of July 27), these issues are starting to become more glaring as August is just about here.
Basically put, this team has become increasingly frustrating to watch for several reasons. For starters, this ball club continues to play down to weaker opponents.
While the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t terrible (53-50), the Yanks just can’t seem to figure them out this season, most recently losing two of the three games they played against them. This was supposed to be a series in which would springboard the Yanks back onto the winning track. Instead, it slowed them down and kept them on the mediocre path.
Secondly, the injuries this team is running into stinks. The team lost catcher Gary Sanchez (who’s an article for another time) until late August or early September, slugger Aaron Judge for at least three weeks due to a fractured wrist, were without rookie sensation Gleyber Torres for a few weeks, and so on and so forth.
The Judge injury definitely stings. As of this writing (July 28), he leads the team in hitting with a .285 batting average, homers with 26, and is tied with Giancarlo Stanton in RBI’s with 61. That’s a huge blow for a team that is looking to reestablish offensive consistency.
What’s also very frustrating is watching a team like the Sox dominate. They have a scary offense, are getting tremendous pitching from Chris Sale, have two unbelievable players in Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, and as of right now, own baseball’s best record.
With the roster that the Yankees have, they should be the ones in first in both the division and the league. Instead, they are 4.5 games back in the division and could be in danger of playing in the wild card play-in game, which is scary considering that anything can happen in a game like that.
While the Yankees have several games remaining against weaker opponents such as Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, and Detroit Tigers, nothing is given with them at this point. With the way they’ve played the last two months, it’s actually a bit worrisome.
The Yankees need to do whatever they can to right the ship. The recently acquired Zach Britton and J.A. Happ may help those problems, but if they continue to be topsy turvy over the next two months or so, it could lead to struggles in October, which is when everything really matters.