The New York Yankees’ west coast road trip was a complete disaster. The team entered its series with the Los Angeles Angels last week on a five-game winning streak. The Yankees won its first game in the Angels’ series, but then went on a six-game losing streak. To make matters even worse, young shortstop Gleyber Torres will miss the rest of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Torres is currently ranked as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball. The Chicago Cubs traded Torres to the Yankees last year in a deal that sent Aroldis Chapman to the eventual world champions. Losing Torres is not that serious of a blow because of his age. But New York was looking to bring up Torres this year and make him the starting shortstop for a period of time.
The loss really puts an exclamation on the week. The Yankees really lost a ton of momentum from the west coast trip they could have used to really make a mark in the American League. The pitching really did not come through, especially the bullpen in the latter part of games.
The trip should really be eye opening for the front office to make some moves before the trade deadline. New York does not really need more hitting, despite being linked to Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier. The Yankees really need steady middle relief and setup men. Another addition would not really hurt the team in the long run.
As the season turns into the stretch run, New York will be vying for a division title. It is going to feel like the old days again battling the Boston Red Sox. But as long as the top players stay healthy, and a bullpen addition is made, New York is going to be in a pretty good spot.