New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.
By Brendan Kuty
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is a little worried.
He’s watched his team’s seven-game lead in the American League East on July 28 turn into a two-game deficit to the Toronto Blue Jays in just less than a month.
He’s seen the Yankees’ offense sputter big-time over the last week, as New York has lost five of its last seven games.
And he’s banking on a turnaround when the club hits the road to face the Braves for a three-game set starting Friday, followed by another three-game series in Boston beginning Tuesday.
“Yeah, I’m concerned,” he told NJ Advance Media Thursday. “When you’re not playing well, it’s a concern this time of year.
“You need to be playing your best baseball. Right now we have a collective that, for the most part, is filled with guys who are in slumps, who are banged up, slumping at a bad time. But I think the off day is just what the doctor orders and hopefully we can get back on trick starting in Atlanta.”
One of the biggest issues has been the recent slide of slugger Alex Rodriguez. The 40-year-old had helped carry the Yankees’ offense all season, but he’s hit just .138 with two homers and eight RBI in August.
Cashman, however, believes A-Rod isn’t tired. He’s just scuffling, the GM said, and he hopes he’ll get back on track.
“Hopefully he can get his mind cleared,” Cashman said. “When you’re slumping, you start fighting through it. Your mind starts focusing overly hard.”