The Yankees are scuffling right now and find themselves in fourth place in the AL East with a record of 41-38.
New York has posted a 1-4 record in its past five games and was swept at the hands of the Red Sox for the second time in as many series over the weekend.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman isn't happy with the team's performance this season. However, he's not willing to blame manager Aaron Boone for the team's up-and-down campaign. In fact, Cashman said he deserves more of the blame than Boone for the team's performance.
“This is not an Aaron Boone problem and this is not a coaching staff problem,” Cashman said before the Yankees' win over the Angels on Tuesday, per Greg Joyce of the New York Post. “They’re doing what they need to do but we’re not getting the results we need. They’ve got my support. We’re in this together.
“It’s easy from my chair to all of a sudden say, ‘You know what? Let me throw something overboard to satisfy the masses.’ It’s harder to actually stick with what you got because you believe in them. These people care, they’re working their asses off, they’re really good at what they do. We’re not getting the results. I’m the head of baseball operations, so that falls more on me than them.”
The Yankees certainly haven't lived up to expectations in 2021. The team is 7.5 games back of the first-place Red Sox in the AL East even after their victory over the Angels. Their offense has been surprisingly punchless, as New York's mark of 321 runs scored is ahead of only the tanking Tigers (308) in the AL, and its 4.06 runs per game rank just 23rd among all MLB teams.
Cashman isn't defending the team's performances to date and admitted that the team has been "as bad as you can be" as the midpoint of the season arrives.
“I know they urgently want to get on track, but I also know that we suck right now, as bad as you can be,” Cashman said. “Trying to knock ourselves out of that is the effort, but until we get online and start playing high again, it’s gonna look bad. It plays bad and it stinks to high heavens. Right now, we gotta own that.
“I gotta call it like I see it: It’s pretty bad right now.”
Cashman may not blame Boone for the team's struggles, but it remains to be seen what Yankees ownership will do if the team continues to saunter along at an average pace.
That's why Cashman knows that the team has to play with some urgency and figure out exactly what the problems are before it's too late.
“We still don’t warrant being where we are in the standings with the talent we have," Cashman said. "But it doesn’t matter saying that, we all have to do something about it, myself included, but the players themselves as well.”