The Yankees marched two steps forward, then fell one step back in dramatic fashion during their stop in Minnesota this week, so it’s still an easy narrative to focus on the bottom line.
The Yankees brag that they’re as talented as anyone and have what it takes to win a championship this year, yet they’re a mediocre 33-30 heading into a rare two-game weekend series in Philadelphia.
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There’s still time to take off and win 100 like they did in 2018 and 2019, but these past 2 ½ months of underachieving is pretty much what the Yankees were last season when they were a tad better than average going 33-27 before being bounced once again in the playoffs.
All of this disappointment has Yankees fans pleading for changes before another World Series shot is dead, and as usual the manager is in the crosshairs.
It’s debatable how much of the Yankees’ struggling is on Aaron Boone. It’s fair to fault him on the slew of baserunning mistakes, but can he be faulted for season-long offensive inconsistency when he’s working with a flawed roster that’s filled with right-handed-hitting sluggers who strike out a ton because they’re preached analytics?
The Yankees’ past and present will come together this weekend when Boone matches wits with Phillies manager Joe Girardi, which gives us another…