The New York Yankees were supposed to have arguably the best offense in Major League Baseball again, right?
From 2017-2020, this was one of the most fearsome units to face on a nightly basis. Now? Pitchers are champing at the bit to catch the Bombers in their current slump.
It’s been equally as embarrassing for the fans, as crazy as that sounds. We’re now three weeks into the season and the Yankees have yet to score more than seven runs in a single game — and they’ve scored three or fewer in 10 of their 18 contests. It’s unbearable.
For the most part, everyone is slumping. Even DJ LeMahieu, who’s still hitting .275, hardly looks like himself. But the issues run much, much deeper.
There are still multiple guys hitting below the Mendoza Line, and to be honest, it’s hard to envision an end in sight.
Here are three Yankees’ slash lines fans won’t believe are actually real.
4. Gleyber Torres
Folks, it’s possible Gleyber Torres may have broken out on Thursday night. He went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in the team’s 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.
And you want to know what three hits did for his numbers? They improved his slash line to …
Torres’ power is non-existent. His three singles on Thursday did nothing to help his slugging percentage. Through 17 games, he has two extra-base hits (both doubles) and two RBI. He’s averaged nearly a strikeout per game. And his fielding is one percentage point below the league average.
Throw in a hustling controversy on Wednesday night that prompted him to post a cryptic Instagram story, and things are still very much not trending in the right direction for the 24-year-old.
Torres really cannot afford much more of this because the Yankees will have the opportunity to dip into the stacked free agent shortstop market when this season comes to an end.