Just a week ago we thought Anthony Volpe shut up all the doubters when he homered on Sunday Night Baseball against the Los Angeles Dodgers to provide the Yankees with two huge insurance runs in the ninth. After the win, we exhaled. OK, he's struggling, but he's having some big moments. And we know the talent is there. We've seen it enough in spurts to know the breakout is coming.
Since that home run, Volpe is 1-for-14 with a walk, zero runs scored, zero RBI, zero extra-base hits, and five strikeouts. He had three chances to make some very significant noise against the Red Sox and came up short each time (though he did miss a walk-off homer by a few feet).
But he's been progressively getting worse, which is the concern. The disappointment has moreso been on the coaching staff rather than Volpe because analysts are easily able to identify the issues with his swing ... but we're still somehow waiting on changes from the Yankees dugout? What's happening here?
He's now hitting .186 with a .605 OPS. He's now one of the worst full-time players in baseball and the recent stretch without Judge outside of June 4 against the Dodgers has been miserable, making this conversation a lot worse. Fans are hoping for a resolution here ... but the only one that won't incite riots involves Volpe simply turning things around rather quickly. And we're not sure that's possible.