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The Yankees Offense is Flat Out Terrible

June 13, 2023

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Without Aaron Judge, the Yankees Offense is Flat Out Terrible

Series loss to the Red Sox showed there isn't a single player the Yankees can count on.


I’m warning you right now, read at your own peril, but you know I’m going to tell it like it is, and this series really pissed me off because not only did the Yankees lose two of three to the Red Sox, they were just so incredibly feeble and aggravating on offense all weekend.


Right now, the Yankees are as unwatchable as any team in baseball, and if you think I’m crazy, then I will assume you did not see that absolute disaster on Sunday Night Baseball which ended in a 3-2 loss to the Red Sox.

I’m not sure a team can be any worse on offense than the Yankees were Sunday night, but really, that’s been the case from the moment Aaron Judge stubbed his toe in Los Angeles. We may look back on that unfortunate incident as the moment when this season began its slow descent into the land of six feet under because this team is terrible without him, and he’s not going to be playing for a while so the ugliness is far from over.

It is absolutely amazing that in a sport where 10 men are in the lineup each and every night and the nine guys in the batting order all have an equal opportunity to help the team win - one of the many reasons why baseball is the best game - that one missing player can make such a difference, but that’s the case with Judge.

This season, the Yankees are now 8-10 when Judge doesn’t play, and they average 3.3 runs per game. I actually thought it was worse when I was looking that up. With Judge in the lineup, they’re 30-19 and average 5.0 runs per game. Shohei Ohtani is a two-way player who is a star pitcher and a star hitter, but the Angels would not miss him more than the Yankees miss Judge.

It just further illuminates how weak this roster is that Brian Cashman put together. Look at these lineups that they’re using on a nightly basis, and to be honest, even with Judge healthy, the lineup is still filled with guys who are either past their time of usefulness, or are never going to be useful. The difference is his presence, like a tide, raises all boats.

His absence is crushing this team and making matters worse, the so-called core players, the veterans who are supposed to pick up the slack, have been the worst players on the team.

On this now-concluded ugly 2-4 homestand, the Yankees scored 17 runs including just seven against the Red Sox. On the homestand, Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-19, and taking it back to when he hurt his neck against the Padres, he’s 1-for-30; Gleyber Torres was 4-for-20; DJ LeMahieu was 3-for-15; Giancarlo Stanton was 1-for-14; and Josh Donaldson was 2-for-18. It’s somewhat of a miracle that they won two games last week, but that was only because their pitching remains strong and is keeping them in every game.

It would seem impossible to have so many guys in such ruts at the same time, but here we are, living it. And it’s not like anyone else is doing much of anything. Anthony Volpe has been in a putrid 7-for-65 slide and it might be time for him to go to Scranton and figure things out because the kid is lost. Oswaldo Cabrera has stunk all season, and while Willie Calhoun, Jake Bauers and Billy McKinney have had their moments, come on, what are we talking about here? The Yankees aren’t going anywhere with those guys playing every night.

The Yankees production from left field, third base, shortstop and catcher is among the very worst in MLB. Four positions where they get almost nothing on a daily basis. As a team, the Yankees now have an on-base percentage of .301 which is better than only the 18-47 Royals, the 29-38 White Sox, and the 26-37 Tigers. Nice company to keep there, huh? The A’s, who are 17-50 but have won five in a row, are at .307. Think about that for a second. They’re getting on base more frequently than the Bronx Bums.

The Yankees are such a mess, they almost lost a player in live batting practice before Sunday’s game. Carlos Rodon, who provided proof that he actually exists, was throwing and he hit Calhoun on the elbow with a fastball. Calhoun was clearly stung and went right into the clubhouse for treatment. Thankfully, he was fine and able to play in the game, not that it mattered.

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11 Comments


Cary Greene
Cary Greene
Jun 13, 2023

The Yankees team OPS+ is presently a 97. Though the point of the article is prefaced, "Without Judge," I'd caution Yankees fans to not give up hope. Not only did the Braves win a World Series recently with a regular season OPS+ of 97, but Aaron Judge was only slated to miss 10 games, so his injury is very minor and he'll be back soon. The Yankees are 3-4 since Judge went out.


While it's true that since 1903, World Series Winners have averaged a 104.2 OPS+, reglar season pitching is a far better barometer of whether a team is a World Series contender or not. Last season, the Astros had an OPS+ of 111, they were 7th in the…


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Cary Greene
Cary Greene
Jun 13, 2023
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On one hand, the Yankees pitching staff is on a regular season performance arc that indicates they are for real. If they can maintain the present numbers, they'd be several notches better than average World Series winners have been throughout history - meaning from 1903 to present. However and to your point Blog, the Yankees haven't shown yet that they're collectively good enough to overcome a string of postseason opponents and finally take the hill. It's been 13-years and counting.


That said and the cheating 2017 Astros aside, 2023 is a new year. Any team can get hot, even when it seems unlikely and pretty much anything can happen once the postseason starts. We do know that this Yankees team…


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yankeesblog
Jun 13, 2023

Complacency, hopium and unwillingness to use their financial might have led to disastrous roster construction decisions. We're seeing the (rotten) fruits of that aproach now.

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mmrfr
Jun 13, 2023

As a 65 year Yankee fan this is a new low in a quality team. We screwed in virtually every way except the Judge signing in building the team the last few years. We looked better last year than we were as the Astros proved. A 5 yearold knows you need a left fielder. Something a GM should know.

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Jun 13, 2023
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With respect, but doing the math, it seems to me you lived through the '66 Yankees (among others). A new low in a quality team? They are nine games over .500. There's been MUCH worse!

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jjw49
Jun 13, 2023

Thanks for the dose of reality ….. unfortunately Yankees are living off their reputation of many stellar years past and this team is old and now as you point out the veterans can’t seem to get out of their own way. Yankees are an old team and as season progresses without Judge they are in trouble and the pitching will start to wear down heading into the dog days of summer. You cannot blame the players …… look to Brian Cashman as the architect of this team as culprit for this roster mess. Yankee fans know the definition of stupid….. doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Yankee fans want hope but being a realist y…

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Jun 13, 2023

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