After Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Orioles dropped the Yankees to 1-2, manager Aaron Boone isn't pressing the panic button.
Far from it.
"I'm not in the projection business, first of all," Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "I reject that all the way."
After a 7-2 Opening Day win, the Yankees lost 5-3 on Saturday and 7-5 on Sunday, both games in which they left the tying runs on base to end the game. Over the past two games, the Yankees have left 25 runners on base and gone 5-for-21 with runners in scoring position.
Situational hitting struggles were nothing new for the Yankees. Last year, they hit .253 with runners in scoring position. Though it ranked 12th in the majors, it was far behind the Red Sox (.289) and Astros (.285), two other World Series contenders.
On Sunday, the Yankees left the bases loaded three times. Luke Voit struck out to end the third inning, Giancarlo Stanton struck out to end the fourth and Voit grounded out to end the eighth.
New York also squandered a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth inning when Aaron Judge and Stanton both struck out. And with the game-tying run on first base in the ninth, Troy Tulowitzki struck out to end the game.
Yet Boone isn't sweating the slow start, especially considering there are 159 regular-season games remaining. Plus, he knows he returned a strong core of young, talented players from his 2018 club that won 100 games.
"We have high expectations for ourselves, and bottom line is, we think we're going to be a really good team," Boone said. "We're going to have series where, you don't put your best foot forward. I'm confident we're close to doing that, and we plan on that starting tomorrow night."