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The Yankees’ struggle to find production from the middle of their lineup has resulted in a lengthy scoring rut.
They’ll again search for a fix Monday night in Kansas City as they try to salvage a split in the series finale with the Royals.
After Sunday’s 2-1 loss, the Yankees (31-31) have gone 10 games without scoring more than four runs.
Mix in some inconsistent pitching featuring a 7.18 bullpen ERA in that time, and it’s no wonder why they’ve dropped seven of 10 and are in danger of dipping below .500 for the first time since being 5-6 on April 11.
“Somehow we’ve got to find a way to get it done,” manager Joe Girardi said.
The only real production they’re getting from the middle of the order has come from Jacoby Ellsbury, who is batting .385 during a 13-game hitting streak.
Carlos Beltran hit behind him in the cleanup spot Sunday and is 1 for 14 since returning from the disabled list.
Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 and is 3 for 26 in his last six games.
“When guys are scuffling it seems like they are scuffling in bunches. When you get hot it seems like a lot of guys are hot,” Jeter said. “These are the times you’ve got to keep swinging.”