Arguably the most surprising surging MLB team this year has been the New York Yankees. But, they have recently been mired in a tailspin. The Bombers have posted a horrendous record of 2-10 record in their last 12 games, and nothing seems to be going right for the club. What makes this sudden drop even more surprising is that all 12 games have been against the Angels, Athletics, and Rangers who, to put it nicely, are not 3 teams at the top of the heap. The Angels are 40-39, the Athletics are 34-42, and the Rangers are 38-37. Not to say these should have been easy wins for the Yankees, but this was definitely unexpected.
If you haven’t heard of the Tyler Clippard disaster, then you might want to sit down for this one. Clippard has posted a horrific 14.09 ERA during the month of June. Couple that with 2 blown saves and 2 losses, and you have a struggling pitcher. Over the last 3 games, he has pitched a total of 1.1 innings and has given up 9 runs. You really can’t do much worse than that, but the misery doesn’t stop there. Jonathan Holder has posted a 5.06 ERA while giving up 6 runs in 10.2 innings through June. SP Michael Pineda has struggled as well going 1-2 with a 5.86 ERA giving up 18 ER through 27.2 innings. His stuff from earlier in the year has seemed to disappear, but he has been known to be an inconsistent pitcher, so this isn’t too shocking.
The hitting has actually not been too bad despite this tough stretch. Gary has hit a very impressive .342 with 9 bombs and 25 RBI’s. Right behind him is young star Aaron Judge who has hit .341 with 9 bombs and 22 RBI’s, not too shabby for the studs of the lineup. Sir Didi, hitting .319, and Castro, hitting .295 both have 5 HR. Chase Headley, who struggled big time in May, is hitting .308 for the month of June. Unfortunately, recent injuries to Starlin Castro (wrist), and Aaron Hicks (oblique) have left the team scrambling to find decent backups. Chris Carter has recently been DFA’d by Girardi for his lack of production at the plate.
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There seems to be no energy in the clubhouse as of late due to the constant losing, but Girardi needs to round up the crew and put the same swagger that they had earlier in the year into right now. Although Judge and Gary continue to rake at the plate, they can’t do it all alone. The pen needs to step up and stop blowing games late in games. Don’t give up on them yet, there is still plenty of talent to go around to win a lot more ball games. With series coming up against the White Sox, Astros, Blue Jays, and Brewers, the Yankees will look to get back on track.
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