The New York Yankees aren’t playing good baseball right now. It’s not a secret for anybody. They lost two more games on the weekend and are now 33-32, one defeat away from being a .500 team. Additionally, they are in fourth place of the American League East division, behind the Tampa Bay Rays, he Boston Red Sox, and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Yankees are 8.5 games behind the division-leading Rays. Something has got to give, and some fans are clamoring for something to happen that can change the current course of things and get the club back on track.
Former Yankees manager and analyst Buck Showalter defended Yankees manager Aaron Boone on Sunday in YES Network. Some fans want to see the team move on from Boone, but that doesn’t make sense for Showalter.
The Yankees should try to mix things up in the lineup
While Showalter, who managed the Yankees from 1992 to 1995, said, according to NJ Advance Media, Boone is the right man for the job, he did explain that he should try different things to ignite a struggling lineup after another shutout on Sunday against the Phillies.
“They’re in good hands with Aaron, OK? And there’s not a lot of direction to go. Sometimes you try to get a new starting point, whether maybe it’s a little batting order. Maybe it’s a come-to-Jesus, when you sit there and you say, ‘Hey, guys. We’ve got to do a little mirror look here and this ain’t gonna work,’” he said.
DJ LeMahieu, who is frequently used as the leadoff hitter, is hitting .261/.335/.343 for the season, while Rougned Odor (.198/.273/.389) was the third-hole hitter on Sunday. Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar are perhaps the Yankees’ hottest hitters, and Aaron Judge is having an incredible season. Those four (if we add Giancarlo Stanton), in some order, should be tried as the first hitters in the order.