At least one fan is feeling down due to the Yankees recent dreadful performances against the first place Red Sox.
Baseball is a fickle beast. Every time a team’s hot, we act like they’re unstoppable. In some cases, we even say stuff like, “get the World Series rings ready” because we become so confident in that team’s prospects for the current season. It’s certainly a habit I’ve fallen into; at times, the 2018 Yankees have looked like, and could even be considered, the best team in baseball.
Now, though, the tables have turned. Putting it simply, the Yanks are playing lousy baseball. Few fans will rise to the team’s defense at the bluntness of that statement. That’s how upsetting this stretch has been for the Yankees and their fans.
On August 2, the Bombers began a crucial series at Fenway Park with the AL East-leading Red Sox. Aaron Boone’s crew knew they needed to have a good series, if not with four wins, then at least with competitive play.
The Bronx Bombers led the Game 1 but then gave up seven runs in a single inning en route to an embarrassing 15-7 defeat.
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Then, on August 3, the Yanks responded by getting shut down by Rick Porcello in a 4-1 loss. Luis Severino’s struggles continued, proving that no one is invulnerable when it comes to the Yankees’ woes.
Some fans are waving the white flag on the team’s hopes for catching Boston in the race for the AL East. I’m not quite there yet; there’s still time left in the season for the Yankees to right the ship.
But even the most optimistic of fans have found the last week-plus to be a trying time. It’s hard to feel hopeful for this team’s prospects for postseason success right now.
The Yanks keep trying to fix their pitching, a task that’s even harder to complete with the club’s latest injuries. Now, with the trade deadline in the rearview, internal improvements look to be their best bet.
Prove me wrong, Yankees. Show all the doubters that this downturn has been nothing but a bump in the road. However, in the meantime, it’s apparent, the Bombers seem to have lost their mojo without Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.