PHILADELPHIA — Do the Yankees have a glass jaw?
Do they get punched in the mouth, as the saying goes, and stay down for a while?
It seems fair to wonder whether that’s true after a meek, 7-0 loss to Joe Girardi’s Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, the Yankees’ third straight defeat and 13th in 18 games, dropped them to fourth place in the AL East, a season-worst 8 ½ games behind the Rays.
They own a 33-32 record, and if I were Hal Steinbrenner, the current tally wouldn’t concern me as much as the way the Yankees have arrived there: These guys are a roller coaster, the same as last year. The dips and dives are ugly. They reflect poorly upon their manager.
I asked that manager, Aaron Boone, if he thought the team’s confidence dropped upon suffering adversity. Whether, for instance, Aroldis Chapman’s blown save Thursday in Minnesota carried into the weekend and produced two more L’s.
“I don’t think there’s a confidence drop,” Boone said, “and I do feel like we’re competing better — and at times I feel like we’ve needed to be better in that regard, and I feel like that’s absolutely happening right…