NEW YORK – Early batting practice at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday was a packed scene with DJ LeMahieu, Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton is tinkering with the respective issues. Brian Cashman was there too, trying to make sense of it all.
“I’ve been through these wars enough to know that you have to deal with the ups and downs the same way,” Cashman said. “We had a really good team when we were flying high and playing according to our abilities. Now, we haven’t done that, so it looks bad. It doesn’t feel good, it doesn’t taste good. No one likes it Lost, so I understand why the fans are upset.”
due in part to Judge’s absence, the Yankees had the worst record in the league. 186 In June. The only time in the club’s history that they posted a worse average in a single month was April 1968 (.72) – “Year of the Pitcher”.
“Our players are better than they show,” Cashman explain. “There’s nothing in our approach that’s been the cause of that because we’ve been failing for a while. It’s dragging us down. Our scores are down, everything is down. We’ve had to rely more on our Pitchers not our offense. Some due to slumps, some due to injuries. Over time, there will be corrections and we will get closer to our norm and what we are usually used to seeing.”
Cashman said the Yankees backed Anthony Volpe as their current and future shortstop. Volpe hit on Tuesday. 192/.264/.369 Eight doubles, nine home runs, 19 RBI and Steal 27game.
“when we The decision to go with Anthony Volpe, who earned the rights with his game, we said it’s a long-term commitment, we’re going to go with him and let him develop,” Cashman said. “Right now, obviously we need our offense to be better, but in the end we’re not relying on one of the rookies to fill in.”
Yankees head coach Dillon Lawson said over the weekend that he believed Stanton was The post on the roster is trying to find his timing, something Cashman agrees with.
“He ran in all kinds of ways; He had a cold,” Cashman said. “But man, when he’s on, he’s one of the toughest hitters in the game to get out. No platform is too big for him. … We’re going to miss him when he’s not around. We miss him now because He’s trying to find his swing, but sooner or later, there will be fewer questions about him as he’ll find his groove again.”
on Donaldson and his .35 The quiz went into Tuesday’s batting average, with Cashman pointing to Donaldson’s career record and saying the Yankees would like to see him hit more consistently after recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered through April and much of May.
“I I want him to have some real stability before we try to evaluate anything Chance to hit ; a work in progress,” Cashman said. “Obviously he didn’t play well offensively last year, but before that, he he’s been an above-average offensive player. This year, obviously out of the gate, I think, looked good. Then he got injured, and then his injury Aggravated, so he # very It has been closed for a long time. I Want to give him some runway here where he gets solid hits and starts rolling and is in a better position to judge.”
waiting for the game
Medical experts suggest that Judge may not return before the All-Star break. Cashman said he believes the Yankees can afford an absence that long if they have to.