For the fourth straight season, Yankees’ fans have been handed the same old story. “We’re close.” And the reality of it is, that’s true. The Yankees are close, but Yankees fans don’t care about close. I think fans cared about close in 2017 and 2018. They don’t want to be close anymore, they want to arrive already.
So what’s keeping the Yankees close? In other words, what held them back this season? Well, you have to start in the regular season, and much of what went wrong was the demise of #nextmanup coupled with bad defensive players manning the most important defensive positions.