Yankees: Five moves the team should make without blinking
The Yankees are dying on the vine. The team is going through a rough stretch. The starting rotation has holes, I told you so. Yadda, yadda, yadda. But how about stepping up with solutions to the problems, not just pointing them out.
The Yankees have had a bad week. They’ve beat themselves, and they’ve been beaten by teams they should have beat, but it’s over, and it is what it is. They’re on a six-game losing streak as the Angels come in for the first of three at Yankee Stadium.
Michael Pineda goes to the hill to be the stopper no one else could be. The Yankees need the win. And as Yankees fans know, it’s been a long time since we’ve said that.
Is it do or die in June? Hardly. With a bit less than a hundred games left to play in the 2017 season, that would be a rush to judgment that The Judge would rule out of order.
Nevertheless, it might be a good time to do some serious thinking and soul searching as to whether or not the Yankees, as currently comprised constitute the team that will, first upright the overturned ship, and then be the team that carries the organization into the playoffs.
The tide is rising in Boston and in Toronto with the Blue Jays, and Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki, still posing a threat to both the Red Sox and Yankees as a team that, if they can get their pitching straightened out could still fulfill pre-season predictions as the team to beat in the AL East.
So with that in mind, here are five moves the Yankees can make now to enable the team in having the chance to play baseball in October.