Last night’s late comedy of errors and loss was not the beginning of the end for the toothless Bronx Bombers, but the last number of games seems to indicate just where they maybe going.. Of course, it just may be another bump on their road to the playoffs, but their glaring weaknesses may have been foreshadowed in their last few games.
If it wasn’t bad enough that they gave up on Lance Bergman who is leading the NL with 26 home runs, look who they got to replace him. Have you heard of Eric Chavez? No? Well he’s a nobody, who’s been on the DL all season. But how about their bench? What bench? Young light-hitting, no threat, Mr. Pena had a tummy ache and is gone. He couldn’t hit his hat. Andruw Jones their over weight, over-the hill, burned out former gazelle is their backup outfielder. Until Cano’s home run last night, he was the last Yankee to hit a homer, which happened before the All-Star break. He’s hitting a hefty 211 and is death on the base paths.
But, what of their other flawed all-stars? ARod, who like many others in the near past, seems to be breaking down in his post de-tox come down from steroids. Before he went on the DL he had 13 home runs in over 300 at bats. I’d be very shocked if he makes a run on the home run record. He may have to play until he’s fifty.
But what of Teixeira who is now sinking under .240 and hasn’t hit a long ball in almost a month. Just throw him any breaking ball at his ankles and he’ll assuredly strike out. He’ll be lucky if he hits another 10 home runs in the remaining games.
I suggest trading him for Albert Pujols. The Cards can’t sign him, the Yankees probably can and the Cards will get a first baseman who’s signed for years. I am sure like Bergman he’ll hit in the NL. As for their other All-Stars, their catcher Martin is now hitting under .224 and he’s gone almost “o” for the summer. Looks like most of his production ended in April. Unfortunately their backup catcher, Cervelli, is batting .200, has no power and cannot throw. Nobodies perfect!
Aside from having an off year, or the reversion to form, Nick Swisher seems to unable to hit unless he’s at the top of the order where he gets decent pitches. Unfortunately Derek Jeter is in the way, and his bat seems weaker than Cervelli’s. Even though I love Jeter, and do not mind that his range at short stop has become a liability, he is sure handed. Too bad he cannot hit the ball out of the infield. He had his chance last night with men in scoring position and he was way over matched. He needs more than two weeks off or another All-Star break, he’s worn out or finished. That leaves us with Robinson Cano, who has great power, a wonderful swing and a terrific arm. Too bad he’s under-performing, seems disinterested, and is way below his potential.
We cannot rely completely on Gardiner’s “punch and judy” hitting and stolen bases and Granderson’s excellent play.
Last but not least is their pitching. Mariano won’t be there forever, Hughes is a big question mark as is Nova. Garcia and Colon may wilt in this coming heat wave and other than Robertson, their bullpen has questions. Boone Logan is a stiff and if they could find another lefty he would have a one-way ticket to Palookaville. The interesting reality is CC Sabbathia’s contract. He has a very expensive escape clause. And even though he has another year left, it is almost like he is in his option year. His next contract request could be a budget breaker for even the Yankees. Who needs a $30 million pitcher on a 4th place team?