The New York Yankees have been playing poorly for quite some time. Not surprisingly, the start of the All-Star break has seen a change in the coaching. Hitting coach Dillon Lawson has been fired. Brian Cashman, the GM of the Yankees, made some comments on the matter recently.
“It has been well documented that I have been reluctant in the past to make changes to our coaching staff in the middle of a season,” general manager Brian Cashman said (qtd. at ESPN/July 9th). “I am a big believer that successes and failures are collective efforts. However, I ultimately felt that a change was needed and that a new voice overseeing our hitting operations would give us the best chance to perform closer to our capabilities as we move forward into the second half of our season.”
Offensive Production is Below Average
When sorted by OPS, the New York Yankees rank 22nd in the 30-team Major Leagues. OPS is a statistic that combines on-base percentage with slugging. Part of the reason that New York is below average offensively has to do with injury luck. Aaron Judge, the team’s strongest hitter, has only appeared in 49 games this season.
The All-Star break is considered to mark the end of the first half of the season. However, teams are about 90 games into their 162-game regular season. The Yankees dropped a home series to the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, a result that followed a split of a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. New York hosted this latter series as well.
As the team breaks, the Yankees are 49-42 and in 4th place in the five-team AL East. The division is strong, which partly explains their low position despite going seven games above .500. However, the franchise has lots of work to do if they are going to make the 2023 MLB playoffs in October. The chart below isolates a recent stretch of form and shows how poorly the team has been doing lately.
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- Formerly: 39 – 29 on June 14th, 2023
- Currently: 49 – 42 (overall)
- Recent form: 10 – 13 since June 14th, 2023
- Recent winning rate: .435
A winning percentage of .435, which the Yankees have over their last 23 games, is good for nothing in the majors. New York will have to regroup over the break and the firing of their hitting coach could be viewed as acknowledgment of that. Furthermore, the break will give Judge a chance to recover. It is thought that he might return to action shortly after the break. On the whole season, New York is playing .538 baseball but they were much higher than that in early June.
Currently, the New York Yankees are 18 to 1 to win the World Series title with bet365 sportsbook. They can only be called very overrated if you look at their on-field results. From another perspective, this is a franchise that is known to spend money to fix problems. You have to wonder what moves they will make before the trade deadline. However, 18 to 1 still has to be considered too short to dabble with.
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In other news, the division leaders heading into the break are the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, the Cleveland Guardians in the AL Central, and the Texas Rangers in the AL West. None of the current leaders are runaway leaders at this point.
The Atlanta Braves lead the NL East, the Cincinnati Reds lead the NL Central, while the LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are tied for the NL West. The Braves are the only team that could be viewed as a runaway at this point as they have an 8.5-game lead over the Miami Marlins.
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