Analysis

Yankees: Is it Time to Panic?

The Yankees lost again to the Red Sox. Is it time to panic if you’re a Bronx Bombers fan, or can the Pinstripers right the ship?

Does it get worse than this? After a three-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees sit at an uninspiring 31-29 and 6.5 games out of first place. They trail the Tampa Bay Rays, Red Sox, and Blue Jays in that order. We’ve seen the Yankees struggle earlier this season, but as we enter the second week of June, the Yankees’ struggles have been prolonged, begging the question, “is it time to panic?”

Yankees Swept by Boston

Unlike the Yankees, the Red Sox have played very well this season and now sit at a record of 36-23. Boston won game one of the series handily on Friday night 5-2. They then pulled away late in game two, winning 7-3. Finally, they came back in the late innings to win 6-5 in extras.

Although this series has a ton of negatives, there are a few positives, like the Yankees’ late comeback in the ninth inning in game three, or the solid start by Jameson Taillon in game two. However, the negatives of getting swept here greatly outweigh the positives. and it’s getting harder and harder to remain optimistic about this team.

The Offense Continues to Struggle

In a twist that no one saw coming, the Yankees offense has been, to put it gently, subpar. They’ve only scored 223 runs this season, 25th in the majors. In this series, the Bombers scored only two, three, and five runs against the Red Sox in that order over this three-game set. Although it’s valid to argue the deadened ball to be a factor in the Bombers’ offensive struggles, the Yankees offense should simply be better than this.

Other than Aaron Judge (.398 OBP, .938 OPS, 14 home runs) and, to an extent, Giancarlo Stanton (.326 OBP, .790 OPS, 9 home runs), the offense is in need of a pick-me-up. Whether or not other pieces step up or the Yankees address these issues externally remains to be seen.

What’s Next?

The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow before heading to Minnesota for a three-game set against the 24-35 Twins. Following their excursion at Target Field, the Bombers will then turn back and head to Philadelphia for a quick two-game series against the Phillies. Needless to say, this is a relatively weak point in the Bombers’ schedule, and capitalizing here is absolutely crucial.

Time to Panic?

Here’s the thing: I still hold faith that this team is going to turn things around, I really do. However, we’re in June now, and the issues we saw in April are still persisting. If the Yankees want to crawl out of the hole and get things going soon, they must do it soon. Otherwise, it may be a very long season, and a very short October, if there even is one.

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