The New York Yankees finally took the field against the New York Mets in the first part of a doubleheader, and after their performance against Taijuan Walker and their Queens rivals looking to jump up in the standings, fans probably wished that Mother Nature intervened once again before the 8-3 loss.
The Yankees were held hitless by Walker through the first five innings before an Aaron Judge home run, and the bullpen once again failed to keep the Mets within striking distance, as a horrific performance from Justin Wilson saw the Mets seize control of this game in the sixth inning. Another day, another loss where the offense doesn’t do squat.
The Yankees had everyone ready to go fresh off all of their rainouts, and while Walker is having the best season of his career, the Yankees made him look like prime Tom Seaver, waving away at every pitch he threw before going down 8-0.
While ownership has insisted that Aaron Boone is the right manager for this team and that most of the blame should be put on the players, the fact that they melted down against the Angels and looked lifeless against the Mets speaks volumes about where they are right now.
The New York Yankees need change ASAP.
Not doing anything carries with it an unspoken stamp of endorsement. Things are DIRE right now, and while the Mets are a quality team, this is some painful stuff we’re seeing here. Players that should help create a top-three offense are struggling to get the ball out of the infield.
The Red Sox continue to pile up wins, the Rays’ classic mid-summer surge to the top of the standings is coming despite their recent slide, and the Blue Jays built a very exciting core of young players ready to mash. The Yankees don’t resemble anything close to that, as both box score stats and the eye test are confirming that.
This is a .500 team. They’ll be lucky to win 85 games as currently constructed. The only way things get shaken up is to make a move more impactful than getting Tim Locastro. Fire Boone, trade for a starting pitcher, or promote a young prospect. You can’t keep trotting these guys out here every single day.
No one can look at this team and argue that they are just one jumpstart away from turning things around. The season is half over. Unless the Yankees want to wave a white flag, change is needed. A firing, a trade, a benching, SOMETHING. Getting mowed down by the Mets like this is unacceptable after getting three full days off following the worst loss of the season.