The New York Yankees would drop the opening game of a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox last night. That would drop the Yankees to only half a game up on the Rays in the AL East. And over their last ten games, the Yanks are 3-7. So the question must be asked, Hey New York Yankees, What Are We Doing?
The Yankees bullpen is a strength. Well, it’s supposed to be when at full strength. And even though Dellin Betances hasn’t thrown an inning yet this season, the pen has been fine. That is until this last stretch of baseball. The Yanks Bullpen is now showing signs of wear and overuse. This is a detrimental sight to see as the Bronx Blazer Crew is going to be a crucial element if the Yankees are to win the World Series in 2019. The Yankees front office has not jumped into markets that we expected. And we covered why that was a good thing. (3 Takeaways From NOT Signing Dallas Keuchel.) But the Yanks starting rotation is hurting and depleted.
The Yankees real ace, Luis Severino, has yet to throw a Major League innings this season. And the unofficial ace of 2019, Domingo German, is now on the IL as well. This week we have seen the implosion of James Paxton. Masahiro is a wildcard, JA Happ continues to give up 4-5 runs a game and CC only last 3-4 innings a start. If the Yankees continue down this path, the Bullpen will be gassed by the end of June, let alone for an October run.
Offensive Reinforcements Approaching
Recently we have witnessed the return of Didi Gregorius, and while still finding his swing, Didi is a welcomed addition. We would also receive word that both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were ramping up the rehab process. This is the best new the Yankees, and we as their fans could have received. The Yankees have found themselves in some strange contest offensively this season. Games where the Yanks will blow out an opponent one night only to be destroyed the next. We saw that scenario play out in the Split Interleague Double Header against the Mets this week.
Having Judge and Stanton return to the lineup allows for the rest of the lineup’s burden to release. And the pressure of each batter’s at-bats lessens from having these monster boppers back in the Bronx. The impending return to Bronx Bombers status should help lift the morale of the entire Yankee Universe.