These things do happen, however, and though the Yankees remain above .500 at 20-19, they’ve also been shut down almost entirely in three consecutive games and have fallen to fourth place in the A.L. East, so there will undoubtedly be calls to Do Something!, especially from the tabloid crowd.
The thing of it is though: there’s not very much you can obviously do to help this offense. On the one hand, that’s a good thing, because they currently rank third in MLB in wRC+ and wOBA, while placing near the top in runs per game as well. On the other hand, it’s also not so good, because there aren’t any obvious lineup fixes that will likely make a difference. The team has only two true black holes right now in Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin (and the latter is at least drawing a ton of walks), amidst a sea of mediocre numbers. Yes, you could drop Tex down the order and put Nick Swisher and Raul Ibanez ahead of him, but those two are sporting OBP’s of .319 and .327 right now, so they’re making their share of outs as well (though they’re both sporting slugging percentages abov3 .500, so they are at least hitting for power).
In some ways, this team wide level of offensive fail may actually be encouraging, if only because this clearly is not the true talent level of the Yankee hitters. At some point they’re going to start stringing more hits together, getting a few more favorable breaks here and there, and scoring more runs on a more consistent basis. Until then, all anyone, including Joe Girardi, can do beyond calling for a little superficial re-decorating is wait out the frustration and hope that the starting pitching is okay whenever the runs do start coming.