Not only did the Yankees lose to the A’s with Mariano Rivera on the bump, they got swept in the series.
It was painful, sad and scary all at the same time for me, as a Yankees fan to swallow.
The issue is not secret when you look at the Yankees batting stats on the season.
Compared to the top AL teams, the Yankees lack of runs scored, walks, RBIs, total bases and home runs are in the bottom half of the league.
When I think about it this shouldn’t be a huge shock considering the team they started with this season.
But they were winning games, as clear by their 37-29 record in turn making it very easy to marginalize the bad numbers.
Have a look for yourself at the American League team batting stats:
(Stats are courtesy of Yahoo Sports)
Now the Yankees are not getting those prompt hits they were in April and May.
Add in the fact that the Yankees are playing better teams, along with some starting pitching struggles and their hitches at the plate become evident. And actually, these issues have really been looming all season so the bubble was bound to burst.
When you look at the Yankees batting monthly splits it is unmistakable that June has been a disaster, posting a pathetic .219 batting average over the first half of month.
At this rate the Yankees are on pace to hit, give or take around 16-18 homers, 70-75 RBIs, 160 total bases and have around 200 strikeouts.
The current Yankees monthly batting stats compared to last season’s team shows a large drop that I understand no one should be that shocked about. (Stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)
Some believe the Yankees are just in a slump, as all teams go through them each season.
I completely disagree as the Yankees stats give zero hope to physically being able to get out of this but mentally maybe a different story.
If the Yankees can get that Kumbayah clubhouse energy back, I believe they can get back to winning close games like they did in April.
Looking at the bigger picture, the bottom line is can these Yankees get back to believing in themselves again enough to win?
Norman Vincent once said, “Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.”
I am trying to still believe in this team, but the way they are playing is making it tough.