LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees' Robertson Is Only Partly To Blame For Loss To Twins

Monday, June 2, 2014

Yankees' Robertson Is Only Partly To Blame For Loss To Twins

Something has to give with the New York Yankees.

After dropping the rubber game of a 3 game series against the Minnesota Twins (losing to Phil Hughes who is having a spectacular start to his Minnesota Twins career), the Yankees are now just 3 games over .500. They are falling rapidly behind the Toronto Blue Jays, who are laying claim to the A.L. East by leaving their competition in the dust.

After this loss there’s a lot of shared blame. Robertson has shown he can do the job with 12 saves already under his belt, but he has cost the Yankees two much needed wins in the past two weeks. It’s a little too early, in my opinion, to remove Robertson from the closer's role. He has done well to this point and his 8th inning success has earned him a longer leash than just two months. Still, he’s earned himself some doubt.

As have the Yankees hitters. The offense should be able to muster more than three hits against a 26-28 Minnesota Twins team, even with the absence of Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran. Yankees hitters have been consistently inconsistent for essentially the entire season, unable to get hits in big situations and struggling even to get runners on at times.

Someone is going to get the blame if this continues. As the saying goes, the players can’t be fired and, with his relatively recent contract extension, Joe Girardi is likely safe. Dismissing Brian Cashman would seem too hasty, but the same can’t be said for hitting coach Kevin Long.

Just like his cross town counterpart, the ax should fall on Long, just to try to bring about some change. The Steinbrenners spent way too much money this offseason to watch this team lose games like they lost on Sunday. So something has to give.

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