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The New York Yankees have always been known for their powerful offense. Over the years, the likes of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and many more have slammed some awe-inspiring home runs. Well, home runs still remain one of the strongest offensive weapons in baseball. But since MLB changed a few rules this season, the game has diverted its focus towards the more athletic aspect of the sport.

While most of the team has adapted to the new rules and regulations, the New York Yankees seem to be struggling. They are third in the AL-East table with a record of 39-30. The Orioles and Rays still possess a comfortable lead. Undoubtedly, the main reason behind the Bombers’ failure this season has been their weak offense. Moreover, a recent stat has summed up the root cause of the problem.


Stats Reveals Yankees Are The Most Home Run Dependent Team In AL

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While hitting home runs can certainly be thrilling for fans and effective in scoring runs, relying too heavily on this strategy can have its drawbacks. This season, the Yankees ranked among the league leaders in home runs, showcasing their ability to generate power. However, a closer look at the team’s performance reveals a troubling trend. As per ESPN Stats & Info, the Bronx Bombers’ more than 50% of total runs have come via home runs. Not only that, the club is the only team in the American League with that high percentage. It clearly states that the team has struggled to manufacture runs through other means, such as base hits, walks, and steals.

The trend needs to change for the Yankees going forwards if they want to ensure a successful deep run. Especially at a time when the team’s lead home run-getter, Aaron Judge, is on IL for an indefinite period, the team must reconsider its strategy. Stanton has just been back and is taking his time to adjust. Overall, the ability to hit the ball out of the park consistently is a valuable skill, and the Yankees’ power hitters have certainly provided excitement for their fans. However, it’s crucial for the team to strike a balance between power-hitting and a more versatile offensive approach to ensure success in the longer run.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa Breaks Six-Year-Old Jinx With Impressive Steal

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Judge and Rizzo dump the water cooler on IKF after his walk-off. Twitter NYY

As the Yankees fought the Mets in the first subway series of the season, a newly transformed utility player stole the show. In the seventh inning, Josh Donaldson scored and brought Isiah Kiner-Falefa safe at first base. From there, IKF ran like a maniac, and a fielding error allowed him to steal bases. He positioned himself well on third, hence allowing the Yankees an opportunity to score an additional run. IKF did not even wait for assistance from the batter as he ran to home plate to steal a run on his own.

That proved to be an iconic moment of the game for the Yankees. Moreover, the stats associated with that steal made it even more special. As it goes, IKF is the first Yankees after Didi Gregorius to steal home. Didi did it last in 2016. While the Yankees ended up losing the game in the 10th inning, IKF’s iconic moment emerged as a positive sign.