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Is Aaron Judge really clutch, or is he just another overhyped player failing when it matters?

The Bronx is buzzing, and it’s not just about the summer heat. Legendary radio personality Mike Francesa, in his latest podcast, didn’t hold back, ripping into the New York Yankees’ recent woes. He questioned everything from Aaron Judge and Juan Soto’s clutch performances to manager Aaron Boone’s tactics and Marcus Stroman’s professionalism.

Francesa’s scathing critique paints a picture of a team in disarray, over-reliant on its star duo, Judge and Soto. “They have no protection for Soto or Judge,” he declared, adding, “I wouldn’t pitch to either one of those guys with the game on the line if your life depended on it.” This alarming statement underscored the lack of offensive depth plaguing the Yankees, a glaring weakness opponents are increasingly exploiting.

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Poll of the day

Who is most to blame for the Yankees' struggles this season?

Aaron Judge

Juan Soto

Aaron Boone

Marcus Stroman

Compounding the problem is the absence of a reliable leadoff hitter. “They don’t have anybody to bat lead off,” the host lamented in the Mike Francesa Podcast, continuing, “Nobody on that team fits the bill.” This deficiency leaves the heart of the Yankees’ order exposed, putting immense pressure on Aaron Judge and Juan Soto to deliver in every at-bat.

The team’s pitching staff is not exempt from criticism. The starting rotation and the bullpen have both faced difficulties, leading to a series of close losses. “They can’t trust their starting pitch right now; they can’t trust the bullpen right now; they can’t trust their lineup right now. That about sums it up,” Francesca noted.

Francesa excoriates Yankees’ rot beyond Aaron Judge’s caliber and slams Marcus Stroman’s professionalism

As much as fans seem to blame manager Aaron Boone for the Yankees’ recent poor performance, Francesa believes that it is far beyond the dugout. “Is it Boone’s fault that the starting pitching is falling apart?” He asked, further adding, “Is it Boone’s fault that Volpe can’t get a hit or Verdugo can’t get out of his own way?” His inquiry suggests a collective failure, with players underperforming across the board.

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Francesa also didn’t spare Marcus Stroman when discussing his recent bad outings. “Stroman’s supposed to be a professional,” he observed. “They needed him to go out there yesterday and put up six zeroes. Instead, he gives up three home runs to a lousy lineup and five runs.” This pointed criticism highlights what needs to be done by Yankee veterans other than Aaron Judge if they want to lead the team out of its current slump.

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The Yankees’ upcoming series against Boston, Tampa Bay, and Baltimore could prove to be a watershed moment for the troubled team. This season, these divisional foes have really given them a hard time, and the next set of matches could either make or break their playoff chances. Francesa’s parting shot was an ominous one for the Yankees: “They were methodically boring for a couple of months,” he said while noting, “Not boring anymore, just putrid… And yesterday was an out-and-out embarrassment.”

There’s only so much time left for the Yankees. The All-Star break is now upon them. Aaron Judge has been selected with a massive amount of votes, and they need to arrest the slide in order to save it from becoming another disappointment. Failing that, it will not be too long before those famous pinstripes experience a very cold winter.