The Yankees are in a rut. They have lost seven of their last 10 games, including six of their last seven. They’ve blown leads — just like their loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night — and can’t score runs on other nights.
Somehow, they are still holding on to a Wild Card spot at the moment, with an overall 21-20 record.
But for GM Brian Cashman, the team’s recent losing skid needed some addressing between himself and the players.
Cashman spoke to his team before they took on the Blue Jays yet again on Tuesday night, delivering a message that manager Aaron Boone said was “hopefully one that continues to make us unified and understanding that better days are ahead for us.”
It isn’t just the injuries that are hurting the Yankees, but also players not being able to step up like they did last season when players continued rotating on the IL. The bullpen, specifically the normally-rock-solid back-end options, have been shaky. Many starters like Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks, and Brett Gardner aren’t performing like their normal selves. And the starting rotation hasn’t been reliable even when ace Gerrit Cole takes the mound.