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The New York Yankees are faltering, going just 5-14 in August, but general manager Brian Cashman isn’t ready to let GM Aaron Boone became the scapegoat for these predicaments.
“I think he’s doing a good job,” he told reporters on Monday. “I think he manages the players very well…he’s solid. It’s important for our players to see that because if he can keep his temperament the same, for the most part, they won’t see panic It doesn’t mean he can’t lose his composure, he’ll be there now and then when necessary.” Not a big deal in the standings — Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays are eight games apiece in the AL East — Yankees The team (74-48) has seen the Houston Astros (78-45) overtake them for the top spot in the American League. The playoffs are here, and having home-court advantage could be a factor. While the Astros haven’t been red hot in August (11-9), the Yankees’ struggles have ensured that Houston has jumped to the top of the American League.
However, Cashman believes the team will turn things around.
“The team has my beliefs,” he told reporters. “I believe in them and I think they are still capable of achieving everything we ever hoped and dreamed of, but we have to get through this first.”
“I believe in this group,” he continued. “I know Aaron Boone believes in this team. I know our bosses believe in this team. It’s a good team, they’re dedicated, they’re hungry, and they’re really talented, and they just happen to play badly, more than We expected a little longer. About how we got out of the gate the first three months. But I won’t forget that.”
But the Yankees need to get back on track soon. Since the All-Star break, the team has lost six straight and won just two of a possible 10.
Major injuries Giancarlo Stanton, Clay Holmes and Matt Carpenter didn’t help. But the Yankees have the depth and talent to play better than under .500 without them.
This is definitely a concern in the final month of the regular season, even if Cashman doesn’t sound the alarm publicly.