The New York Yankees were the best team in MLB in the first half.
The team, however, have been battling it out for a while now, and while they still hold a solid division lead, they might be starting to get really worried.
They no longer have the best record in MLB, and the Houston Astros have tied them in the American League as well.
They are also no longer the best team in New York.
“The #Yankees are now 1-7 since the trade deadline and 7-13 since the All-Star break,” SI.com’s Max Goodman tweeted.
The #Yankees are now 1-7 since the trade deadline and 7-13 since the All-Star break.
— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) August 10, 2022
The Yankees dealt struggling outfielder Joey Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals.
They also knocked down several prospects, although they managed to keep the top three: Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza and Jasson Dominguez.
Their loot wasn’t bad at all: Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino, Scott Effross, Clayton Beeter (prospect), Andrew Benintendi and Harrison Bader are now Yankees.
Not all of them were effective during their brief stint as Yankees, including Montas and the injured Bader, who is out until September.
The Yankees have been fighting for a while
The Yankees’ problems, however, extend well beyond the deadline.
Regression hit them and some untimely injuries marred the starting pitch and depth of the bullpen.
They lost Chad Green, Luis Gil and Michael King for the season, and Luis Severino and Zack Britton remain on the sidelines.
Other major contributors also visited the injured list.
On top of that, they seem reluctant to take on struggling shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, even with two capable Triple-A alternatives in Peraza and Oswaldo Cabrera.
With roster construction and injury concerns, the Yankees’ weaknesses have been exposed in recent weeks.