While the vast majority of the 2022 season has gone quite well for the New York Yankees, the Bronx Bombers have fallen on some hard times here in the month of August.
Injuries have hurt them a little bit, but a lot has gone wrong this month for the Yanks.
Last night, the Yankees managed to win the series opener against the New York Mets and will go for a two-game sweep today.
They’ve now won two straight.
Jonathan Loaisiga recorded the save for the Yankees last night, becoming the 11th Yankees pitcher to record a save this season.
That’s the most by any team this year and the most in Yankees history.
Jonathan Loaisiga was the 11th different pitcher to record a save this season for the Yankees — the most by any team in the Majors
this season and the most in franchise history.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 23, 2022
Yankees Bullpen Conundrum
Granted, the Yankees have had to shuffle their bullpen quite a bit this year.
Aroldis Chapman was off to a bad start and was bumped from the closer’s role before being injured.
Clay Holmes took over the role and was dominating his opponents.
Now he’s on the injured list with a back issue.
Needless to say, the Yankees have had to do a little bit extra to piece together their bullpen this year.
It’s never something you want to have to do.
The idea of a traditional closer’s role seemingly has eluded the Yankees this year.
Of course, when Holmes returns, the Yankees can expect him to reclaim the job, but with all the injuries and struggles with other relievers, New York has had to deal with a lot of moving pieces.
Again, you never want that.
You want just one guy to have the closer’s job down cold.
Holmes seemingly does have it down cold, but he is still on the injured list.
Right now, it appears that a closer by committee approach is what the Yankees are going with.