Less than three weeks into the 2021 season, the New York Yankees are in crisis mode. The Yankees were swept at home by the AL East rival Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend, dropping them to an American League worst 5-10. It's only the eighth time in franchise history the Yankees have lost 10 of their first 15 games, and the first time since 1997.
"Disappointed with the start. We're better than this. Looking forward to better days ahead," GM Brian Cashman told reporters, including WNBC-TV's Bruce Beck, during a rare off-day conference call Monday. "Our offense is a prime target for our ailments. Our starters have not gone deep. We trust our players. We trust our process. We are going to get it corrected."
New York's offense has been dismal in the early going, producing a collective .210/.296/.346 batting line with only 16 home runs in 15 games. The Yankees have as many big-name sluggers as any team in the sport and they've played nine of their 15 games at homer-happy Yankee Stadium, and yet they rank dead last in baseball in slugging percentage. It's hard to believe.