Yankees' performance in one-run games has drastically declined during lackluster stretch

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Two months ago, the Yankees were rolling as the largely unquestioned best team in baseball, with a start rivaling that of the historic 1998 Bombers and the 2001 Mariners.

Fast forward two months, and the Yankees have been playing sub-.500 ball over the last 46 games, look much more like the 2021 version of themselves than the early 2022 edition, and face loads of questions as October draws closer.

What changed?

Earlier in the year, the Yankees were praised for “finding ways to win,” and it showed with a 14-4 record in one-run games through the middle of June. But as Stathead’s Katie Sharp pointed out, the Yanks are just 7-12 in one-run games since then.

The main catalyst behind faltering in these close games could be chalked up to the bullpen, as Clay Holmes is no longer looking like the dominant closer he was when he took over for an injured Aroldis Chapman, and Michael King, one of the most valuable pitchers on the team, was lost for the year to an elbow fracture.

Wednesday night/Thursday morning saw the bullpen, and the pitching staff as a whole, turn in a fantastic collective outing, but the Yankees still fell 1-0 in 13 innings, the latest one-run loss after the Yanks were the best in the business when it came to closing those kind of games out.

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