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New York Yankees Analysis: What happened to the April 1st Yankees?

  • William Parlee
  • June 16, 2021
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It’s April 1st, the first day of the New York Yankees‘ 162 game 2021 baseball season. The headlines that day pushed forward the suggestion that the Yankees were the team to beat this season.

They also touted that the Yankees were destined to win the East, going on to the postseason, and had the best chance of winning the World Series. Today, you would look long and hard to find anyone who didn’t think that was a pipe dream and far from the team fans see playing in most games this season. Many think the Yankees will be lucky not to land next to the Baltimore Orioles at the bottom of the LA East.  What the hell happened?

Much of it is a mystery to fans, players, coaches, and management alike. How could a lineup projected to be one of the most powerful in baseball completely flop and be near the bottom in run production? The answer is simple; they aren’t hitting—the reason why is far more complex. To a degree, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are the only hitters on the team that is performing as they are supposed to. The rest of the lineup dead or near dead. Even last year’s batting champion DJ LeMahieu is hitting more than a hundred points less in batting average than the 2020 season. His underperformance at the top of the order is crippling the Yankees’ offense more than anyone else’s struggles relative to expectations.

As frustration builds among fans, the finger-pointing has started. Even some predominant sportswriters are starting to say trade this player, fire this coach, and even replace manager Aaron Boone, and while they are doing that, get rid of general manager Brian Cashman. Still, some are saying Hal Steinbrenner should sell the team. Those comments, for the most part, are irresponsible. The New York Yankees are the most winning team in sports and will continue to make no mistake. There have been many bad years before, and there will be others; maybe this is one of them. But the Yankees had seen bad starts before and went on to a World Series win.

On the pitching side of the situation, management took some big risks with possible high rewards. At the end of the season, they let Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A. Happ walk. They brought in two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, and they traded for Jameson Taillon, both pitchers that hadn’t pitched in almost two years. Those additions added to a rotation led by ace Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery, and a returning Domingo German produced a highly respectable rotation, if not stellar. The question remaining was could the staff return to the form they once had. As it turned out, Taillon, for the most part, is a dud. On the other hand, Kluber had started to get better with each outing, even a no-hitter to his name. But as we sit today, Kluber will be out for as much as two months, and the returning Luis Severino was injured in rehab and now won’t be back with the team until around September 1st.

The big problem to be solved is that if they continue to play as they have, they will not be able to test their skills against the rest of baseball because they won’t emerge from the AL East. The New York Yankees can’t constantly win over their major rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox, and the Toronto Blue Jays. They are 0-3 against the Sox, 4-6 against the Blue Jays, and are 5-8 against the Tampa Bay Rays. If they can’t win against these teams, they have no way of winning or even getting a Wild Card berth in the AL East.

With the undying support and praise from management, this team has to generate the energy and inspiration to win more consistently. Before tonight the Yankees have lost 13 of their last 18 games. With the team failing so badly, both Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman are speaking up.

“We’ve got to find a way to get better,’’ manager Aaron Boone said. “We’re gonna find out what kind of character we’re made of. We’re clearly in the midst of incredibly tough times. We’ve faced it this season and we’re gonna find out if we’re the team we think we are.”

“Losing invites the scrutiny on us all,” Brian Cashman said. “I’d best answer that as we’re in this together. We made this bed, and we’re going to sleep in it, and we’re going to make sure that we find a way to fix this together.”

“It is frustrating to watch. I get it,” Cashman said. “And it’s frustrating to watch because we’re better than this. It’s not because Aaron Boone doesn’t know what he’s doing. It’s not because any of the coaching staff aren’t doing the job to the best of their abilities. We are dealing with it; I promise you that.”

GM Cashman has said that he intends to bolster the roster before the July 30 trade deadline, saying that he has been “knocking on the doors” of the other 29 clubs to find trade matches.  The areas he will look to improve include center field that is now being filled in by bench pieces, Brett Gardner, a fine defenseman but lacks at the plate, and Tyler Wade, an infielder by trade. The other area he will look to augment is the starting pitching with Kubler gone for two months and Severino, who won’t return until September at best.

This team has got to put their heads together and develop a group plan to improve hitting and baserunning. They also have to find a way, with the help of hitting coach Thames to lift the ball and stop hitting into so many double plays. It’s going to be up to the players and management alike to turn this team around. With 65 games already played, they need to get after it; time is of the essence. The New York Yankees have the ability and have the talent to get this done. The race is not lost but soon will be if they can’t improve.


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