LADY AT THE BAT: After A May of Ups and Downs, June Looks Optimistic For Yankees

Monday, June 1, 2015

After A May of Ups and Downs, June Looks Optimistic For Yankees

There’s just no explaining the New York Yankees right now. Last week this time, they were coming off a sweep at the hands of the sub .500 Texas Rangers and had lost six straight games. Then they followed that up with a three game sweep of the Kansas City Royals, one of the best teams in the A.L. during the first two months of the season.

It was enough to make us all think that maybe that 6 game losing streak was an anomaly and the Yankees were back on the winning track. Certainly they weren’t going to sweep every series, but as long as they got back to actually winning them, it was fine. With the A.L. league worst Oakland Athletics up next, it was as good a time as any for the Yankees to play up to that potential.

Naturally, then, the Yankees promptly lost three of the four games against the A's to fall back into a tie for 1st place in the A.L. East.

One of the hardest things about the Yankees ineptitude is watching how poorly the rest of the division is playing and knowing that it won’t be that way for long. The Yankees will rue all of these missed opportunities in the upcoming months. All the more so if they can’t straighten themselves out for good and miss the playoffs.

Beacon of optimism that I am, however, I’m still of the belief that the Yankees will turn things around. Here are three reasons why:

  • The starting rotation should get a boost this month.  Masahiro Tanaka returns to the rotation either Tuesday or Wednesday. His minor league rehab outing was underwhelming to say the least but he came out of it healthy and you have to think he’ll produce better than Chris Capuano. Same with Ivan Nova who should be close to a return by the end of June. 

  • The defense has been terrible through the first two months of the season. By most defensive measures, the Yankees rank at the bottom of the American League. Chase Headley has nearly reached his season high in errors and the season isn’t even half over. Didi Gregorious, who is doing precious little offensively, has shown, at times, a cavalier disregard for the baseball at SS. 

  • In June, the Yankees have just 14 games against opponents with above .500 records. Yes, the Yankees seem to do better against better opponents, but inept opponents are always welcome. Unfortunately some of those sub .500 teams are just below and may reach the midway mark before the Yankees face them but, again, we’re looking at the positives here. 

May was a month of ups and downs for the Yankees, a trek to the top of the division and of treading water to stay there. June very well may be the month when they finally discover a way to take decisive steps forward.


Anonymous said...

You know, I tire of some of this B/S. I've seen every game thus far, and not one time have I seen anything that remotely appeared 'cavalier' concerning Didi defensively. You also fail to mention, in most posts that the kid, gets to balls that have not been touched by a Yankee in ten years. I loved Jeter, and although he made few mistakes, his only range was to his right, and into left field. He did not go to his left at all. Maybe you missed Didi's catch to HIS left in game one in Seattle. He took an error on the throw, but Tex should have made the play. Two months do not a season make, thank God, but neither does it make a story. All of this 'sky is falling' nonsense gets older everyday. The fact that matters: the Yanks are in first place in the East, and that's a solid step to the playoffs.

Bernadette Pasley said...

I agree with you about the play in Seattle last night. That error should have been given to Tex, not Didi.