LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees End Homestand On Low Note Before Heading To Baltimore

Monday, August 11, 2014

Yankees End Homestand On Low Note Before Heading To Baltimore

If Yankees fans had been asked last Sunday if they would be happy with a 4-3 seven day stretch by the team, most would have said they would sign up for it. Facing the last three AL Cy Young winners (Max Scherzer, David Price and Justin Verlander) with Rick Porcello and his Cy Young contending season thrown in for good measure, it was looking like a tough stretch for the Bronx Bombers. Splitting that series and winning the series against Cleveland seemed like the best the Yankees could hope for.

Much to everyone’s delight, the Yankees managed to take 3 of the 4 games against Detroit and, even better, they won Game 1 against the Cleveland Indians with their offense waking up in a big way. Things were looking up.

Then, as it has too often this season, the offense went back to sleep and things started looking down again. The Yankees lost the last two games against Cleveland, dropping a very winnable series, and they looked terrible doing it. In Sunday’s game they mustered just 5 hits, only two of which went for extra bases, and went 0-for-2 with RISP.

The offense simply doesn’t look good. I would suggest Joe Girardi start bruising some egos by dropping hitters in the batting order, but of the Yankees starting nine on Sunday, only two have BA’s above .280: Jacoby Ellsbury, who is exactly at .280, and Francisco Cervelli who is batting .287. Overall the team BA is 11th out of 15th in the American League and tied for 12th out of 15th in RBIs.

To shift those numbers around would be an exercise in futility.

The Yankees currently sit in third place in the A.L. East, are 2.5 GB in the Wild Card and have less than 30% of the season remaining. That’s the bad news.

The good news is this: they have 21 games against teams they are chasing starting with three against the Baltimore Orioles tonight.

In their post-game interviews on the YES Network, both Joe Girardi and hitting coach Kevin Long emphasized the importance of moving forward from here, a frustrating answer after a frustrating weekend but, it really is the only option.

The Yankees will have plenty of time to reflect on where this season went wrong if they continue losing games like Sunday's, but for now they need to focus on the still winnable future.

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