- A lineup that keeps failing to get hits with RISP.
- An injured Mark Teixeira taking too long to heal. (I guess that no-fun diet can't do everything.)
- Alex Rodriguez playing as if he were home, sitting out his 162-game suspension.
- Stephen Drew being, well, Stephen Drew.
Right now, in addition to the points above, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury are also beat up. All these issues make it hard not to see why the Yankee offense has been missing.
In 2014 the Yankees were unable to overcome their issues. However, after stumbling out of the gates this season, they appeared to have conquered most of them and, last month, it looked as if the remainder of the season would be a piece of cake.
Now, they're stumbling again. Can they overcome again? That's the big question.
Gardner and Ellsbury should benefit from today's off-day. A-Rod will get a rest today and throughout the weekend series in Atlanta. Teixeira? The Yankees may have mis-handled his injury.
When I saw him hobbling down the first base line in the middle game of the Astros series, I just shook my head. He should have been DL'd. Now, if he is DL'd, the Yankees won't be able to do it retroactive to the date he hurt the shin, thanks to having played in the Astros series.
So things seem to hinge on Mark Teixeira. If he doesn't come back very soon, the Yankees might have no one to blame but themselves. If he does come back soon, it should be the final piece of the puzzle that will show a once again potent lineup.
Here's wishing everyone in the Yankees lineup a restful, stress-free off-day.