The New York Yankees are in the midst of a horrific six-game losing streak. Here are three reasons not to panic.
While the negatives of this putrid losing streak certainly outweigh the positives, there are still plenty of reasons not to panic over this skid. These are some of the main reasons.
1. Aroldis Chapman’s Return
While the loss of Chapman didn’t seem like a huge deal when the Yanks were scoring runs at will, during this stretch Chapman would have easily gotten the job done in several one-run situations.
Tyler Clippard being moved up into the set-up role has ultimately hurt the Yankees in a variety of scenarios.
While Clippard’s ERA is still a solid 2.30 on the season, he has the tendency to give up the biggest run of the game every single time he takes over on the mound.
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Chasen Shreve, Giovanny Gallegos, Ronald Herrera and Jonathan Holder are all at least partially responsible for four of the six losses during this streak. With Aroldis Chapman back into the mix, the only time on the mound any of these guys will see is when the Yankees are blowing an opponent out or being blown out.
Adding the savior Chapman back into the ‘pen is absolutely huge for the Yankees and is one of the biggest reasons not to panic about this skid.
2. Offensive Production
The Bronx Bombers scored over five runs in half of the games during this six-game losing streak. Aaron Judge is still hitting like an MVP, Sanchez is just regaining his form and the rest of the lineup’s statistics are still holding intact.
While the Yanks’ starting pitching will not shut down their opponent every given night, they will be able to keep the Yankees in every ballgame. With the added bonus of this lineup providing consistent production, the Yankees will be okay.
Don’t go crazy just yet. The success of this offense is enough to keep the Bombers going in the right direction.
3. Unlimited Assets
The Yankees are in a position that every single team in baseball wishes they were in: a competitive/contending team with all the assets in the world to get a deal done.
The Yanks are so stacked in their farm that they could fill their holes at both first and third base while acquiring an ace pitcher.
Not implying that the Yankees will do so, as I expect them to hold onto their Top-3 prospects. However, I do anticipate the Yankees will make a move to fill one of their black holes which, is yet another reason not to hit the Panic button just yet.
So, Yankee fans, let’s just sit back, take a deep breath and get ready for this upcoming homestand because we all know what the Yanks are capable of in the Bronx.