Yankees in desperate need of jolt as feeble slide continues

BOSTON — The Yankees still lead the American League in scoring runs by a lot, but it sure doesn’t feel like it now. 

The whole team seems to be in a collective slump. Not you, Aaron Judge. But everyone else. 

The forever-in-first Yankees have scored only eight runs in their last five games following their ninth defeat in 11 games, a 3-0 loss to the hated Red Sox at Fenway that finished the most dissatisfying trip of the year. They are doing very little right, and they certainly don’t look anything like the team that once appeared on its way to history. 

The Yankees could do next to nothing against Red Sox starter Michael Wacha, who returned after a 35-game absence due to shoulder inflammation to hold the Yankees to two softly hit singles over seven innings. 

“He just kind of mowed through us,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone admitted. Even certain American League MVP Judge came up empty against Wacha, ending his night with outs in all four at-bats, three via strikeout. 

“We’ve got to pick it up,” Judge said. “We’ve still got a good ballclub. We’re capable of winning every single game. We’ve got to pick each other up and move on.” 

Judge had a bad history against Wacha; he was 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts against the Red Sox right-hander entering the game. But when Boone was asked if maybe he considered giving Judge a rest, Boone said he could not sit Judge — not “where we are.” Boone might have meant at rival Boston, but presumably he meant how they are playing lately, and how badly they need Judge in a lineup. 

Aaron Judge went 0-4 in the Yankees' loss to the Red Sox.
Aaron Judge went 0-4 in the Yankees’ loss to the Red Sox.
Corey Sipkin for the NY POST
Anthony Rizzo reacts after striking out during the Yankees' loss to the Red Sox.
Anthony Rizzo reacts after striking out during the Yankees’ loss to the Red Sox.
Corey Sipkin for the NY POST

Judge has to be tired from carrying the team on his broad shoulders in the absence of Giancarlo Stanton and while everyone around him is faltering. Even DJ LeMahieu has fallen into a mini slump, and he was out of the lineup due to a foot injury. (There’s a lot of that going around.) 

Anyway, if the Yankees don’t snap out of it, instead of making history, they may be history. They are 20-25 in their last 45, inconceivable the way they started. 

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