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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone had something to say to the underperforming Yankees in a closed-door meeting in April, but that wasn’t the end of it.
NJ.com reports that Boone didn’t put it lightly when it came to how poorly the Yankees have played recently.
“The bottom line is, we’ve got to be better,” Boone said after a 6-1 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.
“We’ve got to get better,” he said. “If we’re going to be the team that we expect to be, a lot of that is built around what we expect to be offensively. There’s no question that has to improve.”
At the end of Saturday night, five of the nine hitters who were in their starting lineup were hitting below .200: Rougned Odor (.189), Gary Sanchez (.190), Mike Ford (.140), Clint Frazier (.172) and Brett Gardner (.196), NJ.com reports.
Over the last seven days, the Yankees have the second-worst OPS at .586, just ahead of the Rockies (.538). The team has also had just three home runs, 10 RBI and a .219 batting average.
“If we’re going to be the team that we expect to be, a lot of that is built around what we expect to be offensively,” he said. “There’s no question that that has to improve. I believe it will improve. But we’ve got to continue to work and make sure we’re making the necessary adjustments each and every day to get to that point. But if we’re going to be the club we expect to be, we’ve got to improve.”
Could Boone make any changes?
“The roster we’re at right now, I do change up quite a bit,” the manager said, per NJ.com. “We do have different sort of lineups each and every day. But if we’re going to be the club we expect to be, we need to get the guys that we expect to carry a lot of the load offensively to really going.”
Boone said he doesn’t believe its too late for the lineup to turn it around, noting the team has guys with impressive records and many are in the prime of their career.
“We know what they’re capable of. You’d hope and trust and believe that the integrity of the 162 will work itself out,” he said. “That said, we’ve got to have that urgency that making sure we’re buttoned up, prepared, making the necessary adjustments to dig ourselves out of that and turn ourselves around offensively like we’re capable.”
The Yankees will again face the Tigers Sunday in Detroit before heading back home to face the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.