Amid a season where nothing has seemed to go their way, the New York Yankees finally received some well deserved luck the last two evenings in the Bronx.
1)On Monday morning, news broke that the Yankees had traded Yangervis Solarte and pitching prospect Rafael De Paula to the Padres in exchange for their All-Star third baseman Chase Headley.
And the trade paid off immediately, as 30-year old Headley delivered the walk-off hit in the bottom of the 14th, putting an end to another painful, offensively anemic game at Yankees Stadium vs. the AL basement dwelling Texas Ranges that concluded, 2-1.
The trade makes sense as it gives the Yankees improved stability at the hot corner even if it cost them fan-favorite Solarte. Solarte was a great surprise out of Spring Training, and the fun lasted through May. But unfortunately due mainly to an anemic offense and the slew of injuries, the Yankees lost the luxury of allowing a player some wiggle room to slump.
And with Headley becoming a free agent after this season, he is just a rent with an option to buy for the Yankees. This means his future in pinstripes is TBD by the Yankees.
If you headed into the All-Star Break wondering how you stomached watching 92 games of your favorite MLB team underperform, but couldn’t stop starring in disbelief at their 47-47 record playing in a dreadfully weak division…odds are you might be a New York Yankees fan, like myself.
True, the Yankees have suffered tremendous injuries, losing 80% of their Opening Day starting rotation.
But please tell me how pitching injuries would give comfort when the Yankees so obviously suffered from an anemic offense that at times looked like they couldn’t have scored runs if they were hitting a tennis ball?
The answer is you can’t that is unless you frequent with ‘the Yankees can do no wrong’ types and then nobody cares what you think anyway because you are crazy.
Admittedly, I am the first fan to throw the Yankees under the bus in tough times, but this season is different because this 2014 team doesn’t have the same stink like they did last year.
And during the All-Star Break last week, I couldn’t shake the idea that even amid all the wounded this season’s Yankees can play a lot better baseball; and I mean the kind that competes in October. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Stop faking us out’ »
Right now, the Yankees are 47-47, five games back in the AL East compared to 3.5 games in the wild card. This leaves the Yankees in striking distance to get a postseason berth, but things have to improve.
The Yankees will have to get better without ace Masahiro Tanaka for at least the next six weeks, but if Shane Greene’s arm continues to impress it could soften that blow a tad.
But what seems most vital is that Brain McCann and Carlos Beltran start hitting like they are capable of doing, as the offenses lack of homers especially in Yankees Stadium is disturbing.
Right now, I believe the Yankees have the talent to get to October and will get there in 2014 but what do you think?