July 22, 2024

Yankees lose Gleyber Torres, who signs monster $87 million contract…

Oh, how much can change in a month. Yankees GM Brian Cashman’s approval rating sat at 32 percent according to our poll back when spring training started, but improved as the Yankees did, coming in at a robust 71 percent at the end of May, a month that saw the Yankees blitz their opponents and roll up a 21-7 record. After a far more middling month of June, and a particularly poor finish to the month, it’ll be interesting to see how respondents react to this month’s GM poll.

As awful as the last week or two has been, it is important to put the whole season, and month of June, in context. Even with some awful play of late, the Yankees will still close out June at 14-13, a much more cogent record than it feels like they’ve compiled. They also remain on a 102-win pace, which would be second only to the 2019 club for the most wins during the Aaron Judge era.

All that said, it’s clear the vibes aren’t what they were a month ago. The Yankees stayed pretty healthy for the season’s first two months, but injuries took a hammer to the roster in June. Anthony Rizzo went down with a hand injury and will miss a chunk of the summer, while Giancarlo Stanton suffered a hamstring strain, hindering a lineup that was leading the league. The team’s pitching depth has thinned as well, with Ian Hamilton and Cody Poteet joining Clarke Schmidt, Nick Burdi, and Jonathan Loáisiga on the IL.

Those injuries, combined with ineffectiveness from a number of key players, have left the Yankees limping for a time. Gleyber Torres was benched after a rough game last week, and he scuffled through June with a .207/.269/.402 line. Anthony Volpe suffered a major slump, and finished the month hitting .229/.248/.322. DJ LeMahieu has been nothing short of a disaster, posting a 35 wRC+ in June and needing until this past weekend to record his first extra-base hit of the season.

There have also been concerning developments on the pitching side of things, most notably massive regression from Carlos Rodón. Opposing hitters tattooed the lefty’s fastball all month, with Rodón putting together a 7.76 ERA in five starts, though his strikeout and walk rates actually improved compared to earlier in the year.

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