new York Yankees August has had one of the worst teams in the American League.
They have lost three games in a row and have lost eight of their last ten games.
Things quickly went south after their scintillating first half.
The most shocking development has been how the offense has turned into a harmless entity, unable to score more than a run or two per game.
The bullpen has been another problematic area due to injuries and disappointing performances.
The starters, however, remain highly competitive, and have seen most of their recent efforts go in vain as the offense can lead to nothing and the bullpen blows away some of the lead the team gets late in the innings.
Pitching Efforts Are Wasted
“The Yankees have lost their last 6 games in which they got quality starts (Cole, Cortés, German, Talon, Cole, Cortés), their highest since another 6-game streak from April 25 to May 2, 1979. Long streak is (Figueroa, Guidry, Hunter, John, Figueroa, Guidry) (h/t @StatesBySTATS),” tweeted game researcher James Smith.
The Yankees have lost their last 6 games in which they got a quality start (Cole, Cortés, Jarman, Talon, Cole, Cortés)
His longest streak since another 6-game streak from April 25 to May 2, 1979 (Figueroa, Guidry, Hunter, John, Figueroa, Guidry) (h/t @StatesBySTATS,
— James Smith (@JamesSmyth621) 17 August 2022
For context, a quality start is when a pitcher throws six or more innings while allowing three earned runs or fewer.
This is a good position to predict which pitchers keep their team in the game more often.
The Yankees’ beginners have been doing this, but the offense can’t produce anything and the bullpen isn’t as sharp as it was in the first three months.
The Yankees still have time to back things up, and they should be more competitive as they get healthier.
However, it’s hard to imagine this team, as currently built, winning the World Series against the likes of the Los Angeles Dodgers or the New York Mets.