The Yankees' plight might make Red Sox fans feel a bit better

Rob Bradford
April 11, 2019 - 10:48 am

Wednesday we brought you the hot start of prospect Jarren Duran to make Red Sox fans feel a little bit better about their lot in life. Today, the Yankees' existence will serve our purpose.

After being swept by the Astros New York resides just two games ahead of the struggling Sox with a 5-7 record. But it's not just the lack of wins that should be concerning to the Yanks. (Aaron Judge's postgame scowl should be a reminder of the early-season frustration.)

Besides Wednesday's loss to Houston, the news came down that New York's ace Luis Severino now has a lat injury to go along with the right shoulder inflammation he is currently rehabbing. This will keep the starter out another six weeks at least. He is one of 11 Yankees currently on the injured list.

Also on the shelf for the Yanks are: Did Gregorius (elbow), Dellin Betances (shoulder), Aaron Hicks (back), CC Sabathia (knee), Miguel Andjuar (shoulder), Giancarlo Stanton (biceps) and Troy Tulowitzki (calf).

One of last year's revelations, first baseman Luke Voit, is hitting just .196, the same batting average Brett Gardner carries. 

And two of the Yankees free agent signings to supplement their starting rotation -- J.A. Happ and James Paxton -- haven't gotten off to the best of starts. Happ hasn't pitched more than 4 1/3 innings in either of his first two starts, while Paxton is coming off a five-run, four-inning stint against the Astros to raise his ERA to 6.00 and opponents batting average to .328.

The same verbiage coming out of the Red Sox' clubhouse can be found in New York. The season is still young. There is a long way to go. All true. But as we sit here the Yankees are 4 1/2 games in back of the first-place Rays, while the Sox sit six games back.

These Yankees struggles are one of the few things Red Sox followers can hang their hats on these days.