NEW YORK — After one other lackluster efficiency by the New York Yankees of their 4-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Friday evening, supervisor Aaron Boone took his crew to activity.
“We should be ticked off right now and we need to start playing better. Plain and simple,” Boone stated after the Yankees’ fifth shutout loss within the month of August, most within the majors. New York got here into the month having been shut out only a complete of six occasions.
“You pour a lot into trying to shake hands at the end of the day, and we’ve able to do that on balance on a really high clip this year. We’ve hit a rough patch and we’ve got to dig ourselves out,” Boone stated. “We can sit here, and I can keep answering questions and talk about it… but we’ve got to go do it. And the good news is we’ve got all the pieces in that room to do that. I know that’s coming. I know it’s going to happen, but it really sucks going through it.”
After their loss to Toronto within the second matchup of a four-game set, the Yankees have 5-12 file in August, being held to 2 or fewer runs in eight of these video games. Solely two groups, the Nationals (5-12) and Tigers (4-13), have fared as poorly this month.
The Yankees had been extensively thought-about one of the best crew in baseball after an inordinate 44-16 (.733) file of their first 60 video games of the 12 months. They’ve gone 29-31 over their final 60 video games, changing into the primary crew in MLB historical past with a .700 win share throughout their first 60 choices to then go below .500 of their subsequent 60 choices, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Info analysis.
And it’s exactly that monitor file Boone cited when speaking about his confidence in his crew.
“We’ve done it most of the year. I have total faith in that room and those players,” Boone stated. “We’ve got more than our share of struggling right now. But we’ve got to find a way. I don’t really care about the number [of games in the divisional lead]. If we play like this and keep walking away at the end of the night, it ain’t going to matter. If we get it together and play our game, then we’ll run away. So eight, nine, 10, seven, five, we’ve got to play better. We’ve got to start racking up some wins. And hopefully that starts tomorrow afternoon.”
Boone particularly referred to the Yankees dwindling divisional lead. On Friday, July 8, The Yankees held their largest lead atop the AL East at 15.5 video games. Friday’s loss to Toronto noticed that divisional lead go right down to eight. The final time the Yankees’ divisional lead was that low was after the tip of play on June 10, after they had been up by 7.5 video games.
Infielder DJ LeMahieu, who was within the beginning lineup in each losses to the Jays after lacking 4 video games as a consequence of proper toe irritation, admitted the crew has been urgent as of late, which has contributed to their current skid.
“Don’t have an easy answer, but the last thing we can do is try to do more than we’re capable,” LeMahieu stated. “If everyone just does their job, what they’re capable of, as a unit, we’re going have a lot of benefits from that. But it’s hard to do. Everyone wants to be the guy. But like we’ve all been talking about, as a group and individually, just staying within ourselves and having good at-bats.”
The Yankees will attempt to have a lot better at bats to keep away from their third consecutive sequence loss at house, and third consecutive sequence loss to an AL East rival after going 1-2 vs. Boston and Tampa Bay.
The Yankees have had an distinctive file towards the AL East this season. Their sequence loss in Boston final Sunday was their first one to an AL East crew since April 15-17 at Baltimore, snapping a 12-series streak. After that sequence loss to the Sox, the Yankees went 1-2 towards the Rays earlier than going through the Jays.
The final time the Yankees misplaced three straight house sequence was their first three house sequence in 2019.
“I don’t give a crap about the [divisional] lead,” Boone stated. “Play better. We’ll handle it. You can talk about that — eight, nine, seven, 10 — we need to play better. If we play like this, it’s not going to matter anyway. We handle our business, we’re in a great spot. We understand that. But we need to handle our business.”