The Yankees are in a bit of a pinch.
New York lost it's third straight game, and this one was mundane on all sides for the Bombers. Luis Severino struggled once again despite slowly turning things around before his exit. And Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello absolutely dominated with a one-hit masterpiece on Friday night in Fenway Park.
The Yankees are now 18-18 -- an even .500 -- in their last 36 games. And on top of that, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are still out of the lineup with their respective injuries.
So, does manager Aaron Boone feel like things are slipping for his crew? Not really.
"I have no issue with our focus," he said after the game," with where we're at, and I feel like it -- I know it will turn around. We just gotta keep grinding through this tough time right now."
With the loss, the Yanks now find themselves 7.5 games back in the AL East race as the Red Sox continue to play hot baseball.
There are still many games to play, though, including two more series with the Red Sox in September. In fact, the Yankees close their season against Boston, and it has the potential to be a division-winning series.
This is why Boone isn't flustered by the recent stretch of mediocrity coming from his team. Things will work itself out in his mind.
"I think the 162-game season is maybe the ultimate test and the ultimate grind. We are in the midst of having a really good season right now. I think we're going to end up having a really great season. It's inevitable that you're gonna hit a bump along the way. You're going to hit some tougher times...You find out a lot about yourself."
Boone is hoping his words come to fruition sooner rather than later.