It’s not as bad as it sounds considering the American League East is the most stacked division in baseball and they are still at .500, but the Yankees are struggling a lot right now and things aren’t exactly looking up.
The Yankees are typically 1st or 2nd in the major offensive categories, but this season they have falled to 7th in baseball with 4.61 runer per game, behind two division rivals and barely ahead of another one.
Their numbers with runners in scoring position have been talked about a lot, but their line of .231/.326/.407/.733 is actually slightly higher than league average although nowhere near the top of the league. It is also nowhere close to their overall line of .267/.338/.454/.793.
The lineup may be struggling, but the pitching staff is really struggling. Ranked 26th overall with a 4.93, they haven’t been able to find consistency in anybody including ace CC Sabathia.
To make matters worse, the Yankees are one of the worst defensive teams in baseball with a -8.3 UZR that is ranked 25th in all of baseball. The worst culprits are might not be who you’d expect either with Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, and Nick Swisher leading the way although Raul Ibanez and Eduardo Nunez can’t go without mentioning here.
It’s a bad combination for the Yankees, but they have been hit with injuries. They got Andy Pettitte back to help the rotation and Brett Gardner‘s return should make a big difference in their ability to manufacture runs. Their schedule is fairly easy over the next two weeks which should help turn the tide a bit, considering they have just lost three of four to the Reds and Royals though it might not mean a whole lot.