The New York Yankees have to be wondering what is in the water in Boston, who have jumped out to an astonishing 15-2 record this season. The Toronto Blue Jays are also out to a phenomenal start with a record of 12-5 with the Yankees in third place at a mere 8-8 on the year. After only 16 games, the team finds themselves 6.5 games back in the division. Although it is early, New York needs to begin making some changes if they want to be in the hunt by the All-Star break. Here are a few key areas that the team needs to focus on, in order for their season to turn around.
The pitching staff’s ERA of 4.68, ranks them 24 out of 30 teams in the league. In other words, the Yankees can continue to compete at the plate, but if their pitchers are unable to command the zone, then it will be difficult to achieve victories. The team has been unable to secure a shutout, placing them tied for dead last in the league. There are a few positives, however, as they are top five in the league for strikeouts thrown. Unfortunately, when pitchers are focusing on striking out the opposition, then occasionally a ball will get away from them, which has resulted in 10 wild pitches. The Yankees need to focus on lowering the overall ERA so that there is no additional pressure directed towards an already young lineup.
Giancarlo Stanton is without a doubt one of the league’s best players, which was a prime reason why Yankee management pursued Stanton heavily in the offseason. After a disappointing series against his former team, the Miami Marlins, Stanton falls to 13 on the team with a .197 batting average. He was able to finish last season just shy of the .300 mark but is currently struggling to break .200 as the opening month of the season comes to a close. Stanton is leading the team in strikeouts with 29, and second place is coming in at only 18. He should consider working alongside teammate, Aaron Judge who is leading the team in multiple categories, in an effort to revive his mediocre start to the season.
As previously mentioned, Judge is demonstrating no signs of a sophomore slump. He is leading the team in hits and walks, while also top three in batting average, on-base percentage, home runs, slugging percentage, and runs. Judge is not alone, as red-hot teammate Didi Gregorius leads the Yankees in on-base percentage and home run balls. The combination of these two members of the team is wreaking havoc against opposing pitchers, which makes it even more important for them to consult with Stanton.
April is almost over, and New York Yankee fans are quite disappointed with their team. The team will go from blowing out the competition by 10 runs one day and lose the following day by just as many runs. It is obvious that the fans are frustrated with Stanton’s early season struggles, as they have booed him on multiple occasions while at home. The team needs to prepare for a four-game home series against in-division rival, the Toronto Blue Jays, which is set to begin April 19.