This got to a low on Monday after the Yankees lost to the weak Royals for their sixth loss in eight games, dropping them to .500 and into last place in the AL East. GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi apparently felt it was time to step in and kick their players in the butt a bit as they held a team meeting before Tuesday’s game.
As bad as things have seemed for the Yankees, they aren’t far behind the point where they were last season when they finished with 97 wins. They also aren’t below .500 or falling into a insurmountable hole in the AL East. The Orioles are actually the ones in first place and while they have seriously improved in relation to the crap they have put out there for more than a decade, they still don’t have a team to win the East with.
Hopefully this is a turning point though because the Yankees have had some serious problems and maybe it can be.
The team hasn’t had huge problems. They have had some injuries, a few serious, but they have lots of depth if certain veterans would step up. What really needs to happen is a few of the older veterans need to wake up and shake off the cobwebs. There are at least five players that are under performing and if even half of them begin hitting or pitching the way their supposed to things will turn around quick.
There is always the concern that the end has come earlier than expected for a few veterans and that maybe the oldest lineup in baseball is getting too old all at once. If that’s the case than it could be a long season in the Bronx because this lineup is fairly static without a lot of room to improvise or shake things up.
If some of these players don’t snap out of it, it’s going to be rough. It’s a good thing to see Cashman and Girardi trying to wake this team up.