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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/20/21

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Cashman preaches patience in presser; Steinbrenner watching and waiting for results; Breaking down what isn’t working in the Bronx; Potential adjustments to be made

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ESPN | Joon Lee: When your GM is stepping into the fire attempting to put things out 15 games into a season, it’s safe to say things aren’t going well. Brian Cashman held a press conference on Monday, talking to reporters about the state of the team recently and acknowledging that they aren’t off to the start expected of them. Still, Cashman stressed that he has trust in the players and the coaching staff, attempting to alleviate some of the flames under Aaron Boone’s seat at the moment.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Though he wasn’t a part of the press conference himself, Hal Steinbrenner’s presence was felt. The Yankee principal owner has been in contact with Cashman, and the GM relayed some of his thoughts to the media. Steinbrenner is also practicing patience, though he too is displeased with the current standings. Steinbrenner has “a lot invested in this situation,” according to Cashman — specifically, just shy of $210 million currently.

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: We’ve heard from the higher-ups, but just how bad of a stretch has it actually been? Jaffe breaks it all down, from the bad — mostly everything, to be honest — to the small upsides — the platoon disadvantage doesn’t seem to be hurting them, strikeouts aren’t particularly high, and they’re walking at a strong rate. All of this leads to the conclusion that there isn’t a particular flaw in roster creation or lineup order for the lineup, but rather a mass underperformance across the board.

NY Post | Joel Sherman: Naturally, there’s going to be some suggestions of changes, temporary or not, to ignite a spark in this lifeless offense. The Yankees seem committed to staying the course, but that doesn’t mean it will remain the best course of action. Some of Sherman’s suggestions are reasonable, given the context — perhaps the team will end up relying on Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman more than originally thought it if helps them snap out of it. Others, like committing more starting time to Kyle Higashioka over Gary Sánchez, seem more reactionary than helpful.