The Yankees are currently in last place in the American League East 8.5 games out of first place after there sixth straight loss.
This has not happened to the Yankees since its loss to Cleveland on August of 2019 when they lost 19 to 5 . The reality is the Yankees are struggling though the Yankees line up does not have Arron Judge as he is rehabbing a mild hip strain as the team continues to have its issues with injuries and not enough hitting having contributed to the Yankees loss yesterday 15-2 and winning only 3 of there last three games. the Yankees need help with there depth and there reliance on there injured players is costing them a early demise. Josh Jung hit a first inning grand slam against Nestor Cotes Adolis Garcia added home runs sending Yankees to there 6th straight loss. Cortes outing was the worst of his Yankees career. The Rangers scored a combined 10 runs in the fifth inning and sixth inning to pull away as they won there third straight game over the Yankees Cortes allowed seven runs and 5 hits in 12/3 innings. Cortes also allowed eight walks and increased his ERA from 3.49 to 4.91doubling his 2.88 last season. Cortes was playing against a hungry Texas Rangers team.
The Rangers with there new Manager Bruce Bochy a World Champion are now a proven team to watch for in this young season as the American League west begins to tighten up. The Rangers have done a complete turn around from last year. The Rangers are expected to be in contention the rest of the season providing that if there pitching holds up and there hitting continues to improve. The Yankees return of Aaron Judge will be needed to motivate the rest of the team and get the Yankees back on track. However, the Rays are currently on course to win at least 100 games if they continue at the current pace the Yankees will have a hard time making a run for the division if they can only stay away from injuries. Good Pitching Hitting and solid defense make for a great season. As of today the Yankees now have 13 players on there injured list complicating the situation. Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Staton, Carlos Rondon, Luis Severino, Harrison Bader, Jonathan Loaisiga, Josh Donaldson, Tommy Kahnle, Lou Trivino, Frankie Montas, Scott Effross, Luis Gil and Ben Rortvedt. Baltimore has become a much improved teams along with Toronto as well as these two teams are showing early potential for a division run in the second half of the season. Boston on the other hand has had its early struggles but is showing out of late promise to be a strong contender as the season moves on. The Yankees will be playing the Oakland Athletics who are facing a 133 game loss season according to how the team is currently playing. These games with the Athletics will more than likely be the games the Yankees need to get back on track. hopefully with the return of a healthy Aaron Judge may spark the team to get back on the wining track again.
Gabriel “Tito” Avila, Jr.