LADY AT THE BAT: Extra Innings Loss Highlights Yankees Serious Offense Problems

Friday, June 14, 2013

Extra Innings Loss Highlights Yankees Serious Offense Problems

Yesterday's extra innings loss to the Oakland Athletics was a microcosm of both the 2012 season and the 2012 ALCS. In case you didn't know (or were trying to forget), these are the horrific numbers  from what might be the most embarrassing loss of the Yankee season:

* The Yankees were 1-13 with runners in scoring position.

* They left 14 men on base.

* The heart of the batting order (Mark Teixeira, Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis and Vernon Wells) was 0-28 with 12 strikeouts.

Just as they did time and time again last season, they failed the get the big hit with RISP. Just as they were in the ALCS, they were virtually silent at the plate the entire time. 

When this patchwork lineup was having success at the beginning of the season, the big question was whether or not they could sustain it for a majority of the season. Most people thought the answer was yes, since the big guns, who were injured, would be back eventually. Well, now that they've started to come back, this team is regressing rather than sustaining. 

I'm beginning to see calls on social media for deals to be made. I agree. The Yankees need a bat (or two) in the worst way. With a batting average that is 13th in the league (.242) and their runs scored below the league average (260) they look nothing like the potently offensive Yankee teams of recent seasons. Of course, their offense was expected to be down this year but, they cannot win consistently with it this bad.

Hopefully Brian Cashman is flexing his fingers and getting his call list ready. He has some work to do.

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