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Why the Yankees’ slow start to the 2021 season should be at least a little concerning

The “failure” may come before the “World Series” for the Yankees once again.

New York, with a 5-10 record at the start of the season, looks like it could either fall short of “World Series expectations or fail” again in 2021, if returns so far are any indication of long-term success. GM Brian Cashman spoke to reporters on Monday, who felt Eerily reminiscent of that scene in “The Naked Gun.”

“This is a bad stretch and we will get through it together,” Cashman said. “It’s not us against them. This is collectively that we all carry this, including me.”

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Truth be told, the Yankees’ early-season problems can be attributed to that: early-season problems. Players are still figuring things out less than a month into the season, especially after a year in which only 60 games were played. But New York still has cause for concern. The team is off to its worst start in 25 years and there is no clear solution in sight, other than “stay the course.” And that’s okay! After all, only 15 games have gone in.

However, there are some unfortunate truths: the offense has been bad (3.6 runs per game, bottom third in the majors), and they are without just Luke Voit, recovering from foot surgery, so you can’t blame the slow start injury. Starting pitchers not named Gerrit Cole have also been terrible, with an effectiveness that is more like the cost of steaks at a good restaurant.

There is enough guilt for everyone. Players play, coaches train, computers compute. However, if you’re going to point the finger at someone so soon, Cashman should be a bit more to blame than the rest. The Yankees, with a $ 210 million payroll, apparently have too many flaws, and a lot of that starts with pitchers.

Cashman clearly has a guy when it comes to starting pitching, and he’s showcased himself to death over the years, and the formula has resulted in less-than-good production this year.

Whether it’s JA Happ, Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia, Corey Kluber, or even the higher lead of Sonny Gray, James Paxton, or Jameson Taillon, the Yankees’ quest for rotation improvements for the better part of a decade hasn’t exactly held up. the best fruits. That continued this year.

Out of Kluber, Taillon, Jordan Montgomery and Domingo German, no Yankees starter has an FIP below 5.0. That is not going to work. Those starters have thrown 42 2/3 innings in 10 starts combined. That is not going to work either.

In turn, the Yankees bullpen has pitched the fifth-most innings in the majors thus far, and it’s a team that traditionally hasn’t been afraid to go to the corral either, especially as the season progresses.

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Could Kluber and Taillon turn it around? Sure why not? This is baseball and weird things happen all the time. After all, Taillon hadn’t pitched in nearly two years and Kluber pitched just one start in 2020 before leaving with injury. Both boys are historically Hey Also in the early months of the season so maybe just the rust is wearing off.

The Yankees, again facing World Series expectations or failure in 2021, have apparently decided to wipe their hands after Gerrit Cole’s signing as if to say, “Yeah, we’re done here.” Even after Masahiro Tanaka and Paxton moved on through the offseason, they settled on a patchwork starting corps, relying on the advantages of veteran recovery projects over youth or proven efficacy.

Oh, and by the way, there’s no guarantee Luis Severino will come back from Tommy John to be a solid No. 2 behind Cole. And it will probably have some rust to remove too, as it last released in 2019.

While the team is likely to turn to Deivi Garcia or Clarke Schmidt or Michael King for the rotation in the coming months, the constant rotation should be something the Yankees worry about. It’s something they’ve been trying to navigate for years and something Cashman and company haven’t really been able to discover.

By the way, mentions of the Yankees’ woes wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the team’s lackluster defense, which ranks among the worst in the majors by UZR / 150 early on (-6.6).

With the rest of the AL East playing surprisingly good baseball, with the Red Sox, Rays and Blue Jays providing obstacles to jump into early in the season, the Yankees have a long way to go to even claim status. of playoff contenders. Even the Orioles are ahead in the standings right now. The Orioles.

But there is a long way to go until October.

All this to say: Scatter yourselves, Yankees fans. Heads don’t need to roll down Jerome Avenue just yet.

Many things can change in a New York minute. Just don’t expect a change to happen anytime soon.

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