After a better than expected start, the New York Yankees seem to be coming back down to earth. They’ve lost five of their last six and fallen into third place behind the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, all while averaging just three runs per game over that stretch. Early in the season, players like Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner and Kevin Youkilis were putting in good time. Now they seem to have disappeared.
Wells is hitting a paltry .109 in June after hitting .300 in April and .221 in June. All 10 of his home runs this year came in those latter two months as well; he has none thus far in June, and just 3 RBI’s in the month. Wells entered June with a .258 average. Right now, it’s dropped to a season-low .229. The best that can be said of him right now is that he’s an easy out.
Travis Hafner isn’t hitting much better. He does have three home runs, but beyond that hasn’t done anything more than Wells. He has a .128 average for the month and is hitting .221 on the season. In addition, Hafner has only walked five times this month, down from 12 in April and 10 in May. Getting on base is a big part of his game, and he needs to get back on track if the Yankees hope to return to form.
Kevin Youkilis was also looking strong in limited time early in the season, but now he’s struggling as well. He had a repsectable .266 average with two humers and seven RBI’s in limited time during April, but has since dropped off and returned to the DL.
The Yankees are looking sluggish of late, partly due to the struggles of these veteran newcomers.