It's September 7, 2012. The Yankees are in a flat-footed tie with the Baltimore Orioles. A tie that feels more like a 5-game deficit, one the Yankees cannot overcome. This team is on life-support. It's nearly time to perform their last rites.
Don't call me a pessimist. I am NOT a pessimist. I am a REALIST. The Yankees ARE not getting it done and they WILL not get it done. Here's why:
1) The pitching stinks. The starters are a mess. CC Sabathia has not distinguished himself this season. Hiroki Kuroda has fallen off the pace. I need not mention the rest of the rotation, and don't even get me started on the bullpen. Counting on David Aardsma? His rehab start last night was less than effective. Andy Pettitte? Who's to say he'll be Andy Pettitte if and when he finally returns?
2) The offense is isn't built for the stretch run, let alone the playoffs. You CANNOT depend on the home-run this time of year, but the Yankees are not adept at manufacturing runs. They're making it sound like everything will be fine once Mark Teixeira returns. That's a joke. His defense will save runs but his bat will likely disappear in the clutch, as usual.
Speaking of Joe Girardi: he's just as much to blame for this mess as anyone else is. Stating in the media that this team is what it is, it's "not the Bronx Bunters," is the height of stubbornness. It also sounds like he's running up the white flag.
I would give almost ANYTHING to be wrong about all of this. I will gladly eat crow if the Yankees win the division. I'll fill my cabinets with it if they make the World Series. If they win a World Series Championship I'll start a crow farm.
But I don't think I'll be doing any of that.
Friday, September 7, 2012