Manager Joe Girardi still believes the New York Yankees can make the playoffs, he told reporters on Wednesday.
“I do. I wouldn’t come to work if I didn’t,” Girardi said.
The Yankees are at the bottom of the American League East with their 16–22 record. Only the Astros and Twins have a worse winning percentage heading into Wednesday night.
Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees' managing general partner, spoke out about his team for the first time since the beginning of the season.
“I think the coaches are doing a good job,” Steinbrenner said at the quarterly owners meetings. “These are professional athletes. They’re the best baseball players in the world. And sooner or later, it comes down to them on the inside, to push through whatever it is they’re going through, and to persevere.”
New York was eliminated in the American League Wild Card game against the Houston Astros in 2015. The Yankees have made the playoffs seven times in the last 10 seasons.
The Yankees have not finished with a record below .500 since 1992.
The Yankees look to avoid getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Wednesday night.