Two sub-.500 baseball teams.
I remember specifically writing a column specifying the need for the Yankees to start playing a consistent brand of baseball to enable the fan base to believe that this team should not be sellers at the trade deadline.
The Yankees at that time we’re right around a .500 baseball team.
Well, here we are. A month later and nothing’s changed.
The 2016 New York Yankees are still a .500 baseball team with a 7.5-game deficit in the American League East and a five-game deficit in the Wild Card race.
It’s a baseball team that has been consistently inconsistent throughout the season.
The Yankees started the second half of the season with a 10-game home stand that for all intents and purposes is their last stand to prove that they have any shot of remaining a relevant force come August and September.
So far in this 10-game home stand that features three of the better teams in baseball in the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants, the Yankees have continued their usual pattern.
Entering Tuesday’s action, the Yankees are 2-2 in the four games.
This team has shown you absolutely no reason to believe that they have a chance of putting together an extended stretch of quality baseball.
The Yankees have been an offensively challenged team all season. They’re towards the bottom of the American League in both runs scored and on-base percentage.
Not a winning formula.
The starting pitching hasn’t been much better. Aside from ace Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees rotation has been the definition of a roller coaster ride.
Not much better.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Yankees back end of the bullpen is ridiculously good. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman have held up their end of the bargain.
No, Run DMC has been a lethal weapon at the end of games, but in order for those three guys to have an impact, you need to have the lead.
I fully expect this stretch of games to play out like the rest of the Yankees season, consistently inconsistent.
They won’t hit enough, they won’t pitch well enough and quite frankly the 2016 New York Yankees are not good enough to be considered a playoff caliber team.
My question to Yankees brass would be simple after this ten-game stretch concludes: What would lead you guys to believe that all of a sudden this season is going to turn around, and why would it not be in our best interest to retool the roster for 2017 and beyond?
The question of whether or not the Yankees will sell off talent will be answered soon enough, but it’s now or never for the 2016 team.
I wouldn’t be counting on a miracle.
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