I don't know where the "May Flowers" are for the Yankees this year. All I know is that they have been playing terrible baseball so far this month, posting a 5-7 record through May's first 12 games. Currently, they are on a three-game losing streak, and have lost the first place spot in the division to those pesky Rays. The things they had done so well – well, they aren’t doing them anymore. The Yankees are fourth worst in the AL in errors and they don’t hit with runners in scoring position. The offense was so strong earlier in the season, but suddenly the bats have cooled off.
It’s frustrating, to say the least. The boys got off to such a hot start, and this rough stretch brings many questions to my mind. Is the rough stretch a fluke, or was the hot stretch a fluke? Were everyone’s predictions about the Yankees struggling this year correct?
Am I overreacting?
Of course, it’s still early in the year, and the team has plenty more games to play. But is it too early to worry about certain players? Like Jorge Posada? He is hitting at a pathetic clip of just .165 this year. Yikes. Is this just because he’s still “adjusting” to the DH role, or his is 39-year old body catching up to him? It’s so bad, that he was supposed to bat 9th tonight before being scratched from the lineup.
Rookie Ivan Nova had a horrible outing a few nights ago, and Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon are not as sharp as they were earlier in the season. And then there’s Rafael Soriano and his 5.40 ERA - I am beyond disgusted with this guy. He doesn’t even look like he cares when he’s blowing the leads. Same deadpan expression. Even when the Yankees do get solid outings, like from A.J. Burnett and his 1-hit performance a few nights ago, the bullpen blows it, and the offense fails to pick up the pitchers.
I don’t really know what can be done to fix these issues. Perhaps Joe Girardi took steps toward ending this team slump by calling a team meeting after last night’s game.
The only thing I can suggest is to change things up a little. You know, maybe bring up somebody good who’ll create some excitement? I hear Jesus Montero is batting .325 down there in Triple A…
But whatever…just saying.
By Virginia Califano
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