The Yankees are struggling right now and are in fourth place in the AL East with a 41-38 record.
New York has gone 1-4 in its last five games and was swept by the Red Sox for the second time in as many series over the weekend.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is unhappy with the team’s performance this season. However, he’s not about to blame manager Aaron Boone for the team’s bumpy campaign. In fact, Cashman said he deserves more blame than Boone for the team’s performance.
“This is not an Aaron Boone problem and this is not a coaching problem,” Cashman said before the Yankees’ win over the Angels on Tuesday, according to Greg Joyce of the New York Post. “They are doing what they have to do, but we are not getting the results we need. They have my support. We’re in this together.
“It’s easy from my chair to suddenly say, ‘You know what? Let me throw something overboard to satisfy the masses. It’s harder to keep what you have because you believe in them. These people care, they are working hard, they are really good at what they do. We are not getting the results. I’m the head of baseball operations, so that falls more on me than on them. “
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The Yankees certainly haven’t lived up to expectations in 2021. The team is 7.5 games behind the Red Sox in first place in the AL East, even after their win over the Angels. Their offense has been surprisingly fluid, as New York’s mark of 321 runs scored is just ahead of the Tigers (308) in the American League, and their 4.06 runs per game rank 23rd among all teams in MLB.
Cashman is not defending the team’s performances to date and admitted that the team has been “as bad as can be” by the middle of the season.
“I know they want to get on track urgently, but I also know we suck right now, as bad as you can be,” Cashman said. “Trying to get out of it is effort, but until we connect and start playing high again, it will look bad. Play bad and it stinks to heaven. Right now, we have to own it.
“I have to call it what I see it: it’s pretty bad right now.”
Cashman may not blame Boone for the team’s struggles, but it remains to be seen what the Yankees’ ownership will do if the team continues to walk at an average pace.
That’s why Cashman knows that the team has to play with some urgency and find out exactly what the problems are before it’s too late.
“We still don’t guarantee we are where we are in the rankings with the talent that we have,” Cashman said. “But it doesn’t matter to say that, we all have to do something about it, including myself, but the players themselves.” also.”