We’re nearly a third of the way through the baseball season, and the Yankees just keep winning. Now that May is over, it’s time for our monthly Brian Cashman approval poll. Back in January, just 72% of Pinstripe Alley readers approved of the job he was doing as GM over the offseason. That number jumped up to 85% after the Yankees finished the month of April. Will that trend continue?
May was a fantastic month for the Bombers. They started the month on the road in Arizona where they were swept in a two-game series against the Diamondbacks. After that, they won every single series they played. There was chatter about their inability to beat teams over .500 during the month of April, but they put that to rest in May after taking the series from the Twins, and winning four of six games against the Rays.
They continued to be plagued by injuries, as James Paxton and CC Sabathia both hit the injured list with knee problems. Miguel Andujar returned briefly, then decided to have season-ending shoulder surgery. The Bombers got Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier back, however, and finished the month with a 20-7 record. It doesn’t get much better than that, especially when they’ve had to rely so heavily on players no one expected to see crack the majors.
Cashman made one significant trade during the month, acquiring Kendrys Morales from the Athletics for cash and a player to be named later. The DH has come through with a couple of big hits, but he is pretty much just a warm body to hold them over until Giancarlo Stanton and their other reinforcements are ready. Other fill-ins including Cameron Maybin, Thairo Estrada, Gio Urshela, and Clint Frazier have continued to impress.
The only area where the Yankees could still use some help is in the rotation. Chance Adams, David Hale, Luis Cessa, and Nestor Cortes Jr. have kept the team in games, but they could really use a starting pitcher. It will be interesting to see what he does as the trade deadline approaches, and whether the Yankees make a move for Dallas Keuchel after the draft is over.
In the meantime, the Yankees are playing well, and have thrived despite all the injuries. How much credit do you think Cashman deserves for the way the Bombers are playing? What would you like to see him do between now and the trade deadline? Vote in the poll below and let us know in the comments section.
Do you approve of Brian Cashman’s quality of work?
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