Monday, July 22, 2013

Well That Was Demoralizing

The Good

The Yankee offense actually scored some runs.  We scored 7 yesterday, and 5 on Saturday, which is more runs than we've typically scored in a week.  Kuroda was masterful going 7 strong on Saturday, and giving us the win.  Gardner and Nunez really caught on fire, each having 3 hits in both the Saturday and Sunday games.

The Bad

Despite scoring more runs than usual, the Yankees lost the series.  The Yankees were able to take Saturday behind Kuroda's strong start, but Sabathia was awful last night, and Pettitte pitched like he's still injured last Friday.  Losing in the 11th last night was particularly demoralizing, but once it went to extra innings the Yankees were beat.  A team that can't hit homeruns is at a severe disadvantage in extra inning games.

The Ugly

We should find out by the trade deadline if the Yankees are actually serious about competing this year, or if they're just phoning it in.  The hope is that the Yankees would acquire some power, which they will need if they are going to compete this year.  But the rumor mill keeps attaching the Yankees to players like Chase Headley, who's hitting .235 right now, and is basically another Vernon Wells replacement.  If the Yankees do not acquire two power bats by the trade deadline, or at least one power bat, and an offensive upgrade at one of our premium positions being covered by backups, you can suspect that the Yankees have given up on the season.

Would Someone Please Think of the Children?

Because the Yankees sure aren't.  0 homeruns keeps the money stagnant for the Children's Health Fund.

Travis Hafner 12hr = $24
Vernon Wells 10hr = $20
Brett Gardner 7hr = $14
Kevin Youkilis 2hr = $4
Jayson Nix 2hr = $4
Robinson Cano 21hr = $42
Ichiro Suzuki 6hr = $12
Lyle Overbay 11hr = $22
Brennan Boesch 3hr = $6
Francisco Cervelli 3hr = $6
Chris Stewart 3hr = $6
Ben Francisco 1hr = $2
David Adams 2hr = $4
Curtis Granderson 1hr = $2

Mark Teixeira 3hr = $6
Zoilo Almonte 1hr = $2

Total 87 hrs = $174


Unknown said...

Somebody said this was the first time the Yankees played an entire series in Fenway without hitting a home run since August 1995. That would be the series they played right after Mickey Mantle died. MM7, a man who "thought of the children" 536 times.

1995. You remember what happened at the end of that season, right? The Sox won the Division, we ony got the Wild Card, and we ended up blowing a 2-0 lead against a team that was sniffing the postseason for the first time. Of course, if we HAD beaten the Mariners, we might not have had the "panic buys" that brought in guys like Tino that helped us dominate the game for the next decade.

Fernando Alejandro said...

So if I hear you correctly, what you're saying is that next season will be the start of a new dynasty for the Yankees? I'm all in for that!

Rich Mahogany said...

RJG's favorite non-Yankee, Ryan Braun, is suspended for the rest of the season.

I hope ARod gets a similar deal. Like the Brewers, the Yankees aren't going anywhere this year.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Ironically, the Yankees could go somewhere, if all it's players started juicing.