We would miss the point. We would be wasting our time. One indisputable reality dominates this season for the Yankees:
This Yankees offense is an absolute horror sight.
It’s time to mix the actors up again, but gradually.
Aaron Boone’s field hit another low on Saturday, suffering a 6-1 loss to the terrible Tigers at Comerica Park, securing a second straight loss in the series after claiming seven straight wins. With 3.83 races per game, the Yankees, deploying essentially the same staff who led the American League in points scored in 2019 and 2020, were tied with the Orioles for the AL’s 12th place entering the league. industry night action. It’s amazing and, if you care about them, it’s alarming.
“At the end of the day we have to get better,” said Boone, after his team had three meager hits and four walks against Tigers starter (and winner) Spencer Turnbull and four relievers. “If we’re going to be the team we expect, a lot of that is built around what we expect to be offensively, and there’s no doubt that needs to improve. “
Every club is having a bad week, even against a bad opponent. Still, the Yankees can’t afford a second bad week in a row, not with the Rays and Red Sox, both above them in Eastern LA, coming to the Bronx starting Monday. .
Neither Giancarlo Stanton, who goes back after returning from the injured list, nor Gio Urshela, who deals with a sore left knee, started on Saturday, and we won’t see Luke Voit for a while. Nonetheless, the Yankees have fielded a formation that would have been favored to dominate such a lousy club the previous two seasons.
Instead, the visitors set up a blast of three past hitters to start the second inning: Gleyber Torres on ball, Gary Sanchez on opposite field and Mike Ford on ball. As Tigers pitching coach Chris Fetter visited Turnbull on the mound, with the game going scoreless, the world was the Yankees oyster. Next, Miguel Andujar, one of the Yankees ‘hottest hitters – and a famous’ Play it more often! Twitterati – relied on a 6-4-3 double play, scoring Torres with the lead point and ultimately sealing the fate of the Yankees. Sanchez hasn’t scored since third place and the Yankees only put one more runner up in scoring position, when DJ LeMahieu reached second place with two strikeouts in sixth (and didn’t progress any further ).
Meanwhile, Garcia couldn’t live up to the high standards set by his fellow starting pitchers and Rougned Odor contributed to a damaging pitching error in the second inning. Overall, it added to one of the Yankees’ worst games of the season.
So what to do? A successful trade won’t happen this week, if at all this season, so some logical, achievable, and short-term solutions include:
- Give Tyler Wade more time in the center field. Brett Gardner’s OPS is an abyssal .526. Wade is 0.667, and he looks capable in the outfield. Estevan Florial, who was just sent to Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, cannot be recalled this week, barring an injury.
- Swap for Rangers’ Delino DeShields, an experienced center fielder, who is part of Texas affiliate Triple-A Round Rock and may retire from his contract by Wednesday if the Rangers haven’t promoted him.
- Promote first baseman Chris Gittens, who crushes him in Scranton.
The Yankees have the flexibility of the roster to perform any of these moves without consequences. Ford and Clint Frazier still have minor league options, and Aaron Hicks and Corey Kluber can be moved to the 60-day injured roster to create room on the 40-man roster.
“The lineup we’re on right now, I think we’re changing a bit. We have different types of roster every day, ”said Boone,“ But if we’re going to be the club that we expect to be, we’ve got to get the guys that we expect to carry a lot of the offensive load to really do. Go for it.
He’s not wrong. For now, however, this offense, more out of date than the last two seasons of “The Office” (US version), needs even a slight overhaul. After watching two miserable days in Motown, is it really moot?