Before Thursday’s game, the Yankees had won four straight, holding teams to three total runs over a four-game span for the first time in 13 years. It’s the worst thing that could have happened.
This run could discourage ownership from being sellers at the trade deadline for the first time in a quarter century. With attendance and TV ratings down, a late playoff push could win back some of the fan base.
The Yanks are old. Their starting pitching isn’t good enough. Brian Cashman needs to deal for young prospects and build for the future, a novel concept in the Bronx. He has coveted assets in relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. Chapman will be a free agent after the season. So will veterans Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira. Cashman should be looking for top pitching prospects. A year ago, Detroit was at .500, but knew it wasn’t a contender and traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets for starter Michael Fulmer, the top candidate for Rookie of the Year.
Chances are, the Yanks will go for short-term reward and deal with the consequences later.