These guys need a boost.
“I think the off day [Monday] is coming at a good time,” Brett Gardner said Sunday, after his Yankees suffered a walk-off, 4-3 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field, their fifth loss in seven tries. “We’ve kind of had a crazy schedule. It’ll be good to take a step back and look at some video and reboot and get back after it on Tuesday.”
These guys need a fresh face.
“Overall, we just need to be better collectively as a unit,” Gardner said of the Yankees’ offense.
These guys need Clint Frazier.
OK, I plead guilty to being overdramatic. These Yankees (10-6) — who still lead the American League East by two games over the Rays (8-8) during a season when winning the division won’t bring much reward thanks to the expanded playoff structure — hardly are in free-fall. Even Sunday’s gut-punch loss brought with it some notable good news with the revival of James Paxton, who dominated through six innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 11, before Aaron Boone pushed his luck with the southpaw and paid for it in the seventh.
As Gardner referenced, however, the Yankees’ ultra-deep offensive core has hit a mild funk. The…