Today the Yankees begin the second half of the season against Cincinnati. The All-Star break was nice, and seeing Jeter honored at the game was really nice. I could only sigh with longing any time I saw Jeter and Cano hanging out together, a manly sigh mind you, but a sigh nonetheless. The lack of offense has been a real issue with the Yankees, and it's hard not to look at Cano's .334 average and wonder what could have been. I never thought the Yankees should have come close to that $240 million deal, but the Yankees played hardball at $175 million, when the economics of the game placed a guy like Cano in the $200 million contract range. Now the Yankees are looking at an offense, restocked with players like McCann, Ellsbury and Beltran, that has been incapable of hitting themselves into a win. We lose games when our pitchers pitch well, and we lose games when they don't. So for the second half of the season, we can try to restock our rotation, but what we really need is for the offense we already have to start hitting to their norms.
In the meantime, in case you missed it, check out this clubhouse survey of the Yankees done by the Wall Street Journal. Some of the answers are pretty comical!