Brian Cashman’s words: Did they spark an offense against the Yankees?
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“We suck right now as bad as it gets.” That quote was from Brian Cashman, the Yankees general manager, who was honest with the media, ahead of last night’s game, on a hot and humid field at Yankee Stadium early Tuesday night.
And then the clock struck 7:08 p.m. The Yankees made a statement early in their half of the first inning and suddenly those names in the lineup weren’t listed on mailboxes half a mile from the main Bronx post office where the Yankees were. looked like lately.
It was the Yankees who needed to win and not the team Cashman put together that underperformed, prompting the Yankees general manager to make a scathing statement.
The 11-5 rout against the Angels ended a four-game losing streak. The 11 points were a season high. That was how it was supposed to be with the home runs of Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar.
The Yankees struck with authority and they might have heard those words from their GM.
So, one night, Brian Cashman ate his words. The problem though, and it’s something that has haunted the Yankees this season. Will they be able to capitalize on this victory and gain ground in their division? It seems they take a step forward and take two steps back.
And Cashman has offered no indication of whether it is possible to withdraw one or two major trades before the no-waiver trade deadline at the end of July. According to Cashman, manager Aaron Boone is not the problem.
“It’s not Aaron Boone’s problem and it’s not a coaching problem,” Cashman said. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. They are doing what they need to do, but we are not getting the results we need. They have my support. We are in the same boat.
Cashman isn’t going anywhere if the Yankees don’t change the game, as the Steinbrenner hierarchy has been loyal and has never fired its GM during the season. But you have to admire Brian Cashman and his assessment. It’s his team and that all-star list with a slow attack was a big disappointment with one of the top four payrolls in baseball.
But hand it over to the Yankees as they responded Tuesday night and they haven’t commented that their GM takes the blame. They haven’t scored at least 10 points since April 30 and are 7½ games behind the AL East Red Sox.
“These are the guys,” Boone said. “This is heaviness I’m talking about.”
Nine Yankees came to bat in a five-run fourth inning. Andujar hit his 6th homerun, RBI doubles from Sanchez and Luke Voit, and a two-run single from Gleyber Torres who did his best at bat in three weeks, gave the Yankees an inning that was not seen a lot this season.
In all probability, the offensive surge had nothing to do with these words of the General Manager. Baseball is played every day and the remedy is to fight the inconsistencies. The Yankees are looking to continue their consistency at sticks Wednesday night when they gaze at the mound and see Shohei Ohtani.
Ohtani could make it a brief winning streak and will take his turn at bat tonight after a two-homer night that gave him a 28-lead in MLB.
Boone said the races were great. We’ll never know if he spoke to his team about his GM’s comments, and all that mattered was a Yankees offense that ultimately showed some life.
“I think they’ve identified some things and are working behind the scenes to unlock them. When you’re going through a tough time, shaking hands is a good thing, ”said Boone.
Fix what’s broken, that’s what Cashman said. He said the Yankees had to do this, “Somehow.”
Well, I have to thank the GM for being blunt. The Yankees need to be fixed and quick before this season goes further away.
But Tuesday evening, his team made the general manager eat these words of “We suck now”.
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