Yankees must use off day to fire hitting coach Marcus Thames

DUNEDIN, FLORIDA - APRIL 12: Marcus Thames #72 and Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, FLORIDA - APRIL 12: Marcus Thames #72 and Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

The New York Yankees saw all of their momentum from the Twins series blunted during their two-game road trip to Citizens Bank Park in order to take on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Manager Aaron Boone and hitting coach Marcus Thames, both of whom are fighting for their job, failed to muster up the effort needed to even look competitive.

Aaron Nola was completely unhittable in Philly’s 7-0 win, as a couple of inconsequential DJ LeMahieu singles and doubles from Rougned Odor and Gleyber Torres represented all of the offense in what was a completely feeble performance from a team that was regarded as one of the favorites in the American League.

Great stuff, yet again.

Calls for Boone’s job have been steadily increasing as the losses have piled up, and losing in such a lame, uninspired fashion is only going to make that movement gain even more steam. If firing the manager isn’t something the front office wants to do, there is one other way to try and wake this team up.

Thames has not been getting the most out of what on paper looks like one of the best lineups in the game. The Yankees need to use their Monday off-day to hand Thames his pink slip and find a replacement.

The Yankees need to let Marcus Thames go.

The Yankees should be in or near the top five across the league in almost all major offensive categories. There is just too much star power on this team to end up relegated near the bottom of the rankings. The Yankees rank 26th in runs scored, which is unacceptable for a team with LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton on it.

In addition, the Yankees are tied for first in the league in double-plays grounded into while coming in ninth in runners left on base. They are getting runners on base,  but their situational and clutch hitting has gone down the drain, and Thames deserves a ton of the blame for that.

Firing Boone might be what satisfies this fanbase, but getting rid of Thames first and seeing if the offense improves could be a way to see if a new, fresh voice in the locker room helps the win-loss record more than a seismic move like a managerial change would.

Thames has done some great things for the Yankees during his tenure with this team, but something simply has got to give, and Thames might be the first big change the team makes. If the Yankees are serious about contending this year, they need to do something to wake this team out of the trance they are in now.