CHICAGO – After watching his starting pitcher fail once more – think: a horror movie in a loop – Yankees manager Aaron Boone did his best to shake him up.
He had just been asked if he thought his rotation had reached a critical point after veteran southpaw CC Sabathia suffered a 10-2 loss to the White Sox at the Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday night.
His short answer, no. His current answer:
"Look," Boone said. "I mean, obviously, the last ten days or whatever we've been through have been difficult. But I think it's a bit of everything. We just did not play well enough to win regularly.
"Some nights, it's nagging. Some nights we could not ride enough offensively. Some games where we did not play clean defense. We just have to play better in general and do it as a group. When you do these things, you start winning, especially with the people we have here. We have to play better in every facet of the game to start coming back in a winning column. "
The Yankees have lost eight of their last 11 games since June 2.
Since then, starting Yankees pitchers have averaged € 6.14 – the second worst in the league, behind the Blue Jays (7.82). Before that, they had an EER of 3.80.
They only lasted 55 innings and two-thirds – the 24th worst in the league – over this period.
And they put the starting pitcher Domingo German (hip) on the list of injured. Luis Luis Severino (right) should still not come back before the All-Star break. They also gave up signing free pitcher Dallas Keuchel, while the Braves would have signed a one-year contract for about $ 2 million more than their offer.
The Yankees should be the players of a high-level pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline. They spotted Madison Bumgarner of the Giants and were linked to Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays. They might also be interested in Mike Minor of the Rangers.
Boone said he did not think the Yankees were tired after their hot start.
"No, I'm not doing it," he says, "It's inevitable to hit a patch, but we have to play better, there's no question about it, we can not be baffled by the ups and downs. we will not be able to do so with the season and we will not be, but definitely with a bit of hard ground where we have to play better with every aspect at the moment. "
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