With the Yankee bats going cold last night, along with a series loss to the Rays, there is plenty of apprehension about this weekend's series against the Royals in Kansas City. Many Yankee fans will say that, by Sunday we'll know a lot more about this team: whether it can rise up out of the ashes, or drown in the fountains at Kauffman Stadium.
We do know a lot more about one aspect of the Yankees roster: the starting rotation. With Chase Whitley going down last night, it will be much easier to slot Chris Capuano in. Then, when Masahiro Tanaka is ready to return, Adam Warren can move right into the bullpen.
Of course, things might end up being not so cut-and-dry. Whitley may only need to miss one start. Tanaka's return might be further delayed. The Yankees' quiet bats might stay that way, making the rotation a moot point.
Whatever the case may be, the important thing to remember is that it is a long season. Whether it's rotation issues, offensive woes or both, there is plenty of time to straighten things out. A three-game losing streak is not the end of the world. Go Yankees.