ST. LOUIS -- For the first time all season -- and that’s the surprising part -- the Yankees are in a bona-fide rut.
After being shut out, 1-0, by the Cardinals on Saturday night in front of a record crowd at Busch Stadium, the Yankees are dealing with two interlocking problems. Two of their most powerful hitters haven’t been playing due to injury, two other everyday hitters are in miserable slumps and the upshot is an offense that has gone from invincible to docile rather abruptly.
With Giancarlo Stanton still on the injured list with Achilles tendinitis and Anthony Rizzo missing the past two games due to lower-back stiffness, Aaron Judge has stood out even more than a 6-foot-7 near-MVP lock normally would. The depth of the Yankees' lineup has been largely depleted due to those injuries, along with slumps by Aaron Hicks (a long one) and Gleyber Torres (a medium-sized one), making Judge’s at-bats the only real potential power source this team can rely on at the moment.
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