The Yankees have the third-best record in the majors, but for a franchise with 27 rings and World Series expectations nearly every year, that's not good enough for Mike Francesa.
Sure, New York sits 10 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East race, but the WFAN host took his criticism of the Yankees another step further on Thursday.
"I think this might be the worst 90-win team the Yankees have ever had," Francesa said during his radio show Thursday.
Being no-hit through the first seven innings of a 3-1 loss to Jake Odorizzi and the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday may have had an impact. But he went beyond to say that this ballclub lacked enthusiasm.
"This now has become and is quickly becoming one of my least favorite, hard-to-watch, can't-stand-the-sight-of-them, 90-win Yankees team I've ever seen," he said. "Now, lucky for them, there is such a thing as a wild-card despite all of the whining about the wild-card format. You're lucky there is one or the Yankees are already figuring where they're playing golf or fishing or hunting in October. They have a game to play because they're such a thing as a wild-card."
Dating back to 1903, when they were known as the Highlanders, the Yankees franchise has won 90 games in a season 62 times, including 17 times in an 18-year span from 1947 to 1964.
The 2017 Yankees were the first 90-win team in franchise history since 2012, the five years their longest gap between 90-win seasons since the 10-year gap from 1986 to 1996.
Of course, this year's club has played a significant amount of the season without Aaron Judge, last year's MVP runner-up, and they have gone 25-20 since he suffered a fractured wrist. That .556 winning percentage, over the course of a 162-game season, would have put the Yankees on pace to win 90 games. (They had a 104-win pace prior to Judge being placed on the disabled list.)
They've also been without closer Aroldis Chapman for several weeks and spent a large chunk of the season without power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez. But even so, Francesa remained critical.
"I don't like anything about them," he said. "They have just gone through the motions. ... They're probably going to win 95 or 97 or 98 or 9. Who knows how many more they're going to win. ... But I'm just tired of watching it. I don't trust them. I don't like them. They seem almost listless."