Yankees: Good news and bad news after being swept by Detroit in three games

New York Yankees, Michael King
Feb 28, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael King (73) throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees were completely swept by the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, signaling their third consecutive loss and fifth loss in six games. The Yankees are undoubtedly going through a cold streak, and there was no better representation than Gleyber Torres slamming his helmet in the dugout out of frustration.

The young shortstop has struggled offensively this year, currently hitting .265, recording a hit and walk in the defeat. However, Torres was responsible for two errors in the field on Sunday, which is likely the result of his angered moment in the dugout.

Skipper Aaron Boone must find a way to extract wins in the coming days, especially with a difficult series ahead against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

In the loss, the Yankees recorded 12 strikeouts, while Detroit only landed seven. While the squad did have nine hits, they continue to fail with runners in scoring position. In addition, the starting pitching has been inadequate, as Michael King picked up his second loss of the year, allowing three hits and four runs in 2.1 innings. His relief wasn’t much better, as Nester Cortes allowed three hits, two runs, and four walks over 3.2 innings.

The pitching has been the Yankees’ saving grace as of late, but their struggles, paired with the offense’s lack of production, has spelled significant trouble for a Yankees team desperately in need of support.

With little money to work with and injuries beginning to pile up, general manager Brian Cashman will likely have to make a move sooner rather than later, as the outfield is struggling with their depth, and the bullpen is completely overwhelmed.

This Yankees team simply can’t deal with the large number of injuries that seem to plague them every year, and even the change made with the strength and conditioning staff doesn’t seem to have played a significant part in mitigating injury issues.

As the team looks forward two a four-game series against a tough Tampa team, they will need to find some offensive production one way or another at home in the Bronx.