LAS VEGAS — If one participant presently symbolizes the unhappy state of the Yankees, it’s Giancarlo Stanton. In a cameo pinch-hit look Sunday, Stanton stepped to the plate and appeared menacing and highly effective. He went down with no combat, weakly waving on the third strike.
Stanton is caught in a depressing hunch, however he’s not alone. The Yankees, the preseason American League favorites, have slipped to fourth within the East standings after getting swept in a three-game weekend sequence by the Red Sox.
“A lot of people are sick of watching the Yankees, but they still bet them, and they bet them again Sunday,” mentioned Vinny Magliulo, VSiN oddsmaker and veteran Las Vegas bookmaker. “There’s no way they could get swept by the Red Sox, right?”
The Red Sox discovered a technique to win 6-5 in 10 innings on Sunday. The sport ended on a groundout by DJ LeMahieu, who’s batting .253 a 12 months after he led MLB by batting .364. The Yankees rank twenty seventh within the majors in runs per sport — solely the Mets, Tigers and Pirates are worse — and that’s just the start of the record of their offensive failures.
At the 60-game mark, which represented all the variety of regular-season video games in 2020, the Yankees (31-29) entered Monday 6¹/₂ games behind the first-place Rays (38-23) within the division whereas additionally wanting up on the Red Sox (36-23) and Blue Jays (30-27).
Still, BetMGM lists the Yankees because the +375 second option to win the AL, behind the favored White Sox (3/1) and forward of the Rays (9/2). The Yankees are the 17/2 fourth option to win the World Series, forward of the Rays (15/1) and Red Sox (20/1).
Do the oddsmakers know some form of secret? The Yankees’ lofty standing on the chances board is due principally to the amount of cash they’ve attracted and the legal responsibility the books face.
“Overall, the Yankees are perceived as a better team than the Rays by oddsmakers and that’s reflected by the World Series odds,” MGM Resorts director of buying and selling Jeff Stoneback mentioned. “Also, the public perceives the Yankees as a better team, reflected by twice as many Series tickets written on them than the Rays. If it was a playoff series starting today, the Yankees would be favored against the Rays.”
The Yankees had been odds-on favorites to win the East within the preseason and have dipped to the +175 second alternative, with the Rays favored at +145. Tampa Bay’s favored standing within the division relies extra on actuality and its 6¹/₂-game cushion.
“With about 100 games left in the season, it would be tough for the Rays to stay so hot, and the feeling is the Yankees will play to expectations,” Stoneback mentioned.
The Yankees’ season win complete was set at 95 — far above the Rays (88) and Red Sox (79) — however it’s now apparent these expectations had been too excessive. The issues begin with an offense that’s batting .228 and scoring 3.72 runs per sport.
“I guess we all overrated the lineup,” mentioned Dave Cokin, a Las Vegas baseball handicapper. “It’s supposed to be a 100-win lineup, but they can’t hit and it’s not phony. The Yankees are just a bad offensive team.”
Aaron Judge is the one common within the lineup who’s sniffing a .300 batting common. Judge is main the staff by hitting .295 with 14 house runs and 32 RBIs. In addition to the struggles of LeMahieu and Stanton, Gleyber Torres has solely three homers in 184 at-bats, Gary Sanchez is batting .210 and Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner are under .200.
“The Bombers have played 60 games and may soon be forced to forfeit that nickname, considering they have scored three runs or fewer in 33 games,” mentioned VSiN analyst William Hill, who admits to being a annoyed Yankees fan. “It’s June, it’s no longer a small sample size, and while the Yankees are still within striking distance of a playoff spot, it’s clear this isn’t the title team many hoped or thought it would be.”
Regular first baseman Luke Voit, who led MLB with 22 homers final 12 months, has been injured and restricted to 12 video games. Torres has totaled solely six homers because the begin of the 2020 season after he hit 38 in 2019.
“If you look at the last couple seasons, Torres is just a middle-of-the-road guy and that’s about it,” Cokin mentioned. “Unless he gets going, I don’t think the team gets going.”
Gerrit Cole has performed his half because the ace of the pitching employees. But except for signing Cole to a nine-year, $324 million deal in December 2019, Hill mentioned, “the Yankees have become extremely frugal and careful, both in free agency and in the trade market.”
The Yankees whiffed on alternatives to land left-handed energy hitters Bryce Harper and Shohei Ohtani, and GM Brian Cashman will likely be below stress to repair the roster flaws this summer time and attempt to reload for the second half.
While public notion of the Yankees, who’ve closed as betting favorites in 56 of 60 video games, would possibly lastly be deteriorating, oddsmakers will resist main changes.
“As a bookmaker, you have to bear in mind they are the Yankees and they have resources,” Magliulo mentioned. “There is plenty of time to turn it around. You can’t overreact just yet.”
Matt Youmans is senior editor of VSiN.com.