Yankees: 3 biggest differences between 2019 and 2020 Yankees

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Here are the three biggest differences between the 2019 and 2020 Yankees.

The New York Yankees finally returned to their winning ways on Wednesday night on the back of a strong outing from starter Deivi Garcia, who surrendered just two runs and struck out six Blue Jays across seven impressive innings.

In an additional sight for sore eyes, someone not named DJ LeMahieu or Luke Voit — though they predictably contributed — provided most of the offense, as Gleyber Torres finished 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.

As timely as that victory was, however, it still doesn’t hide the fact that the Yankees were still 6-14 in their last 20 games. The team still has to scoreboard watch on a nightly basis, as just a few games separate them from 11th place. That’s not how the team envisioned things.

To make matters worse, a potential division crown is nearly mathematically impossible as the Tampa Bay Rays hold a monstrous lead over New York with just 16 contests left to play.


A betting man/woman would still predict New York to make the playoffs by season’s end, but they’re probably not watching this team on a daily basis. There’s no denying that there are stark differences between the Yankees of 2020 and 2019.

If we wanted, this list could go 10 deep. However, for the sake of time, we’ve managed to narrow it down to three. Without further ado, let’s dive into the greatest differences between last campaign’s wagon to this year’s underachievers.

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3. Resiliency/Club Morale

The Yankees’ spirit during games has been egregious of late.

The first thing that comes to mind in terms of differences between the 2019 and 2020 Yankees is their shocking tendency to sulk amid controversy. Last year was an entirely different story, as the club endured just five losing streaks (three games or more) across 162 games.

Through just 43 contests this season, New York has already endured three lengthy losing skids, the most notable of which included a seven-gamer between mid- and late August. What’s so alarming about this drastic change is that the Yankees returned most of the same roster from last campaign. We love him to death, but was the now-retired CC Sabathia THAT essential to locker room morale?

These glaring stats speaks to a lack of leadership, and that is on manager Aaron Boone as much as it is on the leaders in the clubhouse, all of whom need to step up and start holding players accountable. Perhaps Luke Voit’s eye-opening remarks following Tuesday’s shambolic loss will serve as the kick in the rear the Yankees needed to right the ship.