[W]hat is wrong with the Yankees? And, at 36-37, is there still hope that they can turn around a season they thought was headed in the right direction just one week ago?
I’ll take the second question first.
Yes, there’s still time for the Yankees to win the Wildcard. There’s not a lot of time for them to get into it. But, there’s enough time if they start to play better now.
The first question is tougher. The overall stats say that the Yankees have a good offense, an OK defense, and have four “brand name” starters in their rotation. And, the bullpen is not terrible – compared to most team’s bullpens.
So, what’s the issue? It’s consistency. As I wrote yesterday:
When the Yankees are hot, they’re red hot. But, when they are not, they’re down right terrible.
Someone needs to take charge of this team and have them ready to play, hard, everyday. Each game, at this stage, must be “take no prisoners.” Sure, that’s not how you usually attack a baseball season. But, we’re no longer talking about six months here. It’s now a three-month season – where you’re starting from a hole and trying to ice-skate uphill. Every game, without exception, is urgent now – and the team needs to play that way.
It can be a player or a manager who makes sure that this team goes into each game with a sense of urgency. Or, both. But, someone needs to do it. And, if that person is not here now – the Yankees need to find that person ASAP and get them on the team, pronto.
What do you think?