The Yankees walked off the field Tuesday night to some surprisingly loud boos. The Bombers have lost 11 of their last 13 games, scored one run over their last three games and watched their once double-digit lead in the division shrink. So the boos were only surprising in how loud they were. Most fans turned their backs Tuesday night and walked out long before Frank Sinatra began to sing.
But inside the clubhouse there is a firm belief that everything is going to be all right.
“A little adversity never hurt nobody,” catcher Jose Trevino said. “Everybody is going to struggle. You look at (the standings) right now, we’re still a few games up and we know that, but we also know we want to kick it into gear pretty soon.”
It’s been a two-week funk that may not have cost the Yankees the American League East lead, but has cost them the best record in the AL, which they said was hugely important following a two-game series loss to the Astros. The Yankees are 2.5 games behind Houston now.
Aaron Judge hopes this is one of those trials in the season that will pay off in the end.
“You learn to respond to getting hit in the face a couple of times,” Judge said. “It’s going to be good for us. You can’t have the good without the bad, so it’s good for everyone to kind of go through this stretch and kind of look themselves in the mirror and say, ‘Hey, what do I need to do to get better so we can kind of get out of this rut?’”
Wednesday morning it looked like a little foster shakeup was what the Bombers were hoping would get them out of a rut. Aaron Boone said they were discussing roster moves Tuesday night. The team declined to give further information.
Prospect Oswaldo Cabrera announced on his Instagram late Tuesday “Vamanos,” which hinted he may be coming to the Bronx from Triple-A Scranton. Estevan Florial was also mentioned as a possible addition.
While the team declined to comment, struggling closer Clay Holmes basically admitted he was heading to the injured list with a back issue after Tuesday night’s loss. That would allow Ron Marinaccio, who had been dominant before being demoted because of a roster numbers crunch, to come back and give the bullpen a boost.