New York Yankees might miss the MLB playoffs they need to regroup soon

The fallout of the New York Yankees’ beating at the hands, bats and gloves of the Baltimore Orioles is one that appears to have started shifting the momentum in one direction, one in which the Bronx Bombers might be at risk of missing the MLB playoffs altogether.

The Yankees accomplished 16 of their first 22 matches. Securing a spot in a 16-team expanded postseason was all but a given for a team that had hammered 40 home runs and slugged a robust .487 as a unit. New York was living up to its star billing, mowing down opponents by scoring an average of 5.7 runs per match and hitting .294 with runners in scoring position.

But the team that was once the star of The Show is now merely a stand-in. In their present 5-13 skid, the Yankees’ slumbering bats have hit just .203, with 18 home runs and a pale .341 slugging percentage. Their average runs scored have dropped to 3.4 runs per game. Hitting with runners in scoring position now seems an insurmountable task, with their average dropping to a meager .186.

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The Yankees’ collective free fall started with a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays back on Aug. 18, and that was with Masahiro Tanaka on the mound.

Tanaka, who permitted all six runs, stated he was trying to make adjustments throughout the game, “but I really couldn’t find it … felt like I was off balance all night.”

And that’s exactly what the Yankees have been since the start of their ongoing slide: off balance.

As things stand, the Yankees would be the eighth and final seed in the AL playoff field, and they’re just two games clear of Baltimore. Falling out of the October picture, given New York’s status as the clear AL favorite entering the campaign, would have been hard to fathom a couple of weeks ago.

While it can’t be ignored that injuries have been a significant factor, the Yankees’ collapse has been produced by a veritable deluge of causes, rather than from a single reason or the absence of any single player.

How do they move on from the negative momentum? Boone thinks it all starts in Buffalo, as they face the young and fearless Blue Jays. And the next three weeks will continue to challenge the Yankees in every possible way.

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