The New York Yankees keep losing games and compromising their lead in the AL East.
There once was a 15.5-game gap, but now, the Yankees are leading the division by just six games.
Their offense has gone missing in the second half, and multiple players are struggling and capping the lineup’s upside.
Gerrit Cole, the Yankees ace, has pitched really well over his last five starts, but has encountered little to no run support.
“Gerrit Cole in his last 5 games: • 2.16 ERA • 0.90 WHIP • 33.1 IP (8 ER) • 34 K’s • 4 Quality Starts. The Yankees are 1-4 in these games,” YankeesMuse tweeted.
Gerrit Cole in his last 5 games:
• 2.16 ERA
• 0.90 WHIP
• 33.1 IP (8 ER)
• 34 K’s
• 4 Quality Starts
The Yankees are 1-4 in these games pic.twitter.com/mTnL2WZbUJ
— YankeesMuse (@YankeesMuse) September 1, 2022
The Yankees’ Struggles Are Not Cole’s Fault: It’s The Offense
Several fans blamed Wednesday’s loss on Cole after he gave up a crucial home run to Shohei Ohtani, but the reality is that the offense has been mostly to blame as of late.
A unit that looked potent, deep, and powerful in the first three months has gone missing, for the most part.
Volpe is in Double-A, so it’s understandable, but Peraza has been tearing up Triple-A pitching for a while now, and there has been no call.
When the Yankees proactively look for solutions, they may start to get out of their recent funk.
Until that happens, it’s now official: their division lead is in real danger, and it’s definitely not Cole’s fault.