Here's a fun fact.
The 2016 stats show that the Yankees' best hitter for average batted seventh in the daily lineup. Seventh. 7th. Our second-worst hitter batted - gulp - cleanup. Clean up.
Basically, this reflects the collapse of Tex and A-Rod, who killed us the first half, and the dismal production of Ellsbury and Gardner. For most of the season, our best hitter - Didi Gregorius, as it turned out - batted sixth or seventh. See for yourself.
The only thing in these numbers that passes for hope is the fact that they are so terrible, you'd think something has to happen next winter.
Now, here is what a Division winner looks like. This is Boston's lineup. The only places where the Yankees had more output are highlighted.
Conclusion: We have a long way to go.