Larry Rothschild is shouldering the blame for the Yankees' recent struggles.
The team's pitching coach said it was his fault the Yankees have lost three in a row, which included Saturday's 9-5 loss to the Red Sox.
"It's been really tough," Rothschild said, via NJ.com. "It's been tough on them, tough on the team. But it's my responsibility to get it right."
On Saturday, it was CC Sabathia who didn't play well as he allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings at Fenway Park. His reliever, Chad Green, didn't fare much better – he allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings.
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It hasn't been just Sabathia and Green who haven't been up to par. Over their past seven games, Yankees starters have a collective 16.62 ERA and have given up seven runs in seven games.
"It's not just one thing," Rothschild said. 'This doesn't happen from just one thing. It's different things from different guys but first-pitch strikes and things like that haven't been good.
"With each individual, you go by what you've seen and what needs to get corrected. We talk about it. If it's something mechanical, pitch-wise, grip-wise – whatever – we do it in the bullpen and try to correct it there."
The Yankees were one of the hottest teams in the league and still are eight games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East for the first-place spot with a 66-38 record. However, the loss to Boston pulled the Red Sox ahead of the Rays for second place in the AL East.
"It's a matter of just continuing to dive in with each guy, where we can make small little adjustments, attacking the game plan in the best way possible," manager Aaron Boone said. "Making sure we're leaving no stone unturned as far as helping the guys make whatever little adjustments or subtle things that they need to change and also not overreacting to a bad week of baseball."
Sabathia said his poor start had everything to do with pitching too easily over the center of the plate and not cutting the corners properly. At 39, he says he should know better.
James Paxton, who started Friday night and gave up seven runs, blamed his poor performance on making too many overall mistakes.