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With the Yankees currently in their worst funk of the
season, it was nice to not see Brian Cashman freak out and sell our future for
a shot at the present. There is no doubt the Yankees have fallen on some tough
times, but all will eventually be right in Yankee world, even if it is in mid
to late September. I never thought I would say this, but this lineup needs
A-Rod, with his susceptibility to strike out in big situations and hit solo
homeruns at inopportune moments.
likely missing a week that leaves this once potent lineup with Swisher batting
clean-up, and a lineup reminiscent of a 2001 American League West All-Star
lineup. And because of that, the offense has looked lethargic over the past
three weeks. During that stretch the fourth highest scoring offense in the
American League has scored over four runs twice. That’s not how this team has
been winning ballgames, and when you pair it up with a slumping pitching staff,
a couple bad weeks are going to follow.
Speaking of pitching, which up to this point in the season
has been a pleasant surprise, the last 12 games not so much. In those 12 games
the pitching staff, both starters and relievers, has a combined ERA of 4.09,
which spells disaster if your team is only averaging four runs per game. C.C. and
Nova both have pitched poorly over this stretch and you have to figure they
will straighten out. With a staff that pitched well most the year you would
have to think that any slump would be short lived.
There are a couple reasons why this current team wide slump
should not worry you as a fan. First off, since the Yankees won 10 in a row
earlier this season they have been playing out of their minds. Their winning
percentage is .680, and they managed to build a nine game lead in, the once
thought, toughest division in baseball. It has since dwindled to five and a
half games, but every team needs to go through tough times. I would be more
worried if they stayed hot all year, fearing a postseason slump.
Another reason not to panic is that, at this point, there
appears to be no real threat to steal the division. Toronto
and Boston struggle to stay above .500 and Tampa Bay
do not look to be the complete team they were perceived to be earlier in the
Once this team gets healthy, you can expect them to produce
like they were before the All-Star break, and continue owning the American
League, but until then we need to hope our pitching can figure it out, and
continue to carry the team.