Just when the New York Yankees appeared to get back on track, they have lost three games in a row against teams with a losing record during their West Coast road trip.
Their nightmarish second half continues.
Things have unraveled for the Bombers in recent weeks: they were on top of the world after June, but injuries, some key players underperforming, and a few unexpected situations have really hit them.
“Yankees are now 9-17 in August. That’s their most losses in any calendar month since May 2003 (also 17). It’s their most losses in August since 1996 (also 17),” MLB stats expert Katie Sharp tweeted.
Yankees are now 9-17 in August.
That's their most losses in any calendar month since May 2003 (also 17).
It's their most losses in August since 1996 (also 17).
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) August 30, 2022
This was a team that went 64-28 in the first half: watching them throw away game after game is one of the most puzzling, disappointing developments of the second half.
They are 14-23 after the All-Star break, and have been even worse in August.
An Unbelievable Slide
It’s hard to think that a team that won so much (and so convincingly) before the break is now producing its worst month in almost 20 years.
The Yankees can’t enter the postseason showing this kind of inconsistent play: despite their early-season success, they risk getting beat in the first round if they keep performing like this.
Granted, they have suffered a myriad of injuries (particularly on the pitching side), but it’s the offense that is having the most trouble at this time.
New York has a lot of problems putting together rallies; and outside of the incredibly consistent Aaron Judge, the offense has gone ice cold.
The club still has time to right the ship and start playing like the team that dominated baseball for three months from April to June, but the opposition has gotten better, and some teams appear to be peaking at the right time.
For the Yankees, it’s just the opposite.