The New York Yankees Are Fading Fast
This has been a season of ups and downs so far for the New York Yankees. They were not expected to contend however they were in first for 14 days in May and as I type are still only 3 back however that doesn’t tell the whole story.
Early in the season it appeared the fountain of youth was discover on the east coast. A bevy of names that were good 7 years ago were raking for the Yankees, making up for the losses of Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira.
Their season has been streaky up til now. April had a run of 6 wins in 7 games and 5 wins in 6 games. May had a nice 7 of 8 run but finished with 5 losses in the last 6 games.
So far in June they find themselves at 7-8 in 15 games and losing ground. They are now 3 games back however chasing both the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles with Tampa 2 behind them.
That early season potion seems to have worn off, in the last 30 days we have:
Lyle Overbay hitting .197 with 2 homers
Travis Hafner hitting .167 with 4 homers
In 15 games Mark Teixeira hitting .151 with 3 homers and is out for about a week with a wrist injury
Vernon Wells hitting .135 with 0 homers
Kevin Youkilis hitting .146 with 0 homers and is out indefinitely with a back injury
Jeter is starting to participate in more baseball activities however can even the great Derek Jeter revive the Yankees and give them some life? Pretty tough when you are counting on a shortstop that is going to turn 39 on June 26th to save your season.
The Yankees are 23rd in hitting and 9th in team ERA as of right now. They have decent pitching and of course Mariano Rivera is not human, however hitting is usually tough to find mid season.
If anyone has the resources to get them it’s the Yankees, but with a team this old I don’t see anything happening, there isn’t a big enough base of talent to build around anymore.