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Yankees June 2017 approval poll: GM Brian Cashman

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The Yankees struggled in June. Is it Brian Cashman’s fault?

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Another month is in the books, which means that it is time for another Brian Cashman approval poll. So far, it has been a strong season for Cashman (at least when it comes to his approval rating on Pinstripe Alley). 79% of PSA readers approved of the job he was doing when the poll started in January. That number jumped up to 97% in April and dipped ever so slightly to 96% in May. Will Cashman’s approval rating fall back to Earth this month?

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The Yankees should be very happy to put the month of June behind them. Although they had a 7-3 record before their trip to California, the Yankees only won one game on the west coast. They were able to snap their losing streak after seven straight losses, but still ended the month with a 13-15 record.

Several things went wrong for the Yankees in June. First and foremost, the injuries really piled up. CC Sabathia suffered a hamstring injury during his start against the Angels and had to hit the DL. Adam Warren was sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, while Matt Holliday missed numerous games after suffering a possible allergic reaction, and finally being diagnosed with a virus. To make matters worse, Starlin Castro suffered a hamstring injury in Chicago, and Tyler Austin has also been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Aaron Hicks is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a right oblique injury, and Dustin Fowler ruptured the patella tendon in his knee during his MLB debut.

In addition to all of these injuries, first base has been a disaster for the Yankees this season. Greg Bird has been on the disabled list for months, and prior to that he was playing injured and underperforming. The Yankees signed Chris Carter to hit dingers, not to be their starting first baseman, so it makes sense that it hasn’t worked out. He is hitting .209/.289/.390 through 172 at-bats. They actually designated Carter for assignment earlier in the week, but he is back with the team. The injuries to both Holliday and Austin have forced their hand at this point.

Moving past the injuries, the bullpen and rotation are responsible for some of the Yankees’ June struggles. Michael Pineda surrendered five or more runs during three of his starts. It looks like Masahiro Tanaka might finally be back on track, but he tossed a couple of clunkers in June as well. The bullpen was also part of the problem. Tyler Clippard ended June with an atrocious 11.17 ERA, and Jonathan Holder surrendered five runs over a span of three straight appearances.

On the plus side, the Yankees’ farm is deep and we’ve seen a lot of prospects make their debuts recently. It looks like the Yankees might opt to continue filling holes with their internal options, rather than trade for help. The trade deadline is coming up, and it is still too soon to get a sense of what the Yankees will do. They have fallen out of first place in the division, but they are still hovering around the top. Cashman will have to decide whether this team can carry on without outside help, and it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

What do you think of the job Cashman is doing? Is it his fault that the Yankees haven’t been able to find a sufficient replacement for Bird at first base? Vote in the poll below and let us know what you think in the comments.


Do you approve of Brian Cashman’s quality of work?

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