What is the biggest problem the New York are have right now?
Do not dare answer Javier Vazquez because that would be wrong.
I like Mark Teixeira and Arod which is why it is so frustrating to see them struggle. Johnson can go to the minors for all I care.
Here is a look at each player:
Teixeira’s early slump defence is starting to become a concern. Girardi, Cashman or any players who say that not worried are for sure lying to keep the pressure off Tex. The 2009 slumps longevity was due to Arod being on the DL, because Tex did get hot right when Arod returned, but so did the whole team.
So far, Tex has only nine RBIs, 18 strike-outs and 17 walks for a .136 AVG. YIKES!
BEST SOLUTION: Today is May 1st so let’s say in a week let’s regroup.
Nick Johnson in the two spot is about as useless as having Girardi suit up and catch again. Pettitte close. All joking aside, if Girardi is allowing for adjusting time, this does not prevail in this case. Johnson has never adjusted, but at now he is just striking out with 21, matching his 21 walks and just five RBIs in 58 at-bats.
Fact is has nothing motivating about him. The $5.5 million that could have kept Matsui for this is mind-boggling, but just looking at Johnson stats it was a risk. It’s time for Cashman and his crew to call a spade a spade, as risk not equaling reward but actually retracting.
BEST SOLUTION: Try Granderson out, who was a lead-off by birth in Detroit. Granderson’s struggles might diminish if he was hitting behind Jeter. Granderson has respect in locker room, and works hard which on the Yankees translates to motivation that could work better for Tex.
Arod is confusing me because he does not start slow. His problem was the post season but obviously that got fixed last year.
Camden Yard certainly did not bring Arod the same fate as last season’s first at bat, first pitch homer. This was after returning from a six-week stint on the DL, after hip surgery a perfectly acceptable time to be cold.
Being back home, has seemed to help as he ripped a double, which picked up a RBI. This broke his 0-16 slump. Arod has only 14 RBIs, maybe he wants to be just normal.
BEST SOLUTION: Arod is waking up and today will tell us more. He certainly loves to be loved in New York and not producing does not work in the Bronx. Just can not figure out the unexpected anxious look he is getting again. It is not like last season’s smiles, but not as damaging as before, that’s for sure.
- Javier Vazquez Signs With Marlins On One-Year Contract (sbnation.com)
- MLB Rumors: New York Yankees Making an Attempt To Get Rafael Soriano? (bleacherreport.com)
- Javier Vazquez, Florida Marlins finalize one-year, $7M deal (sports.espn.go.com)
- New York Yankees: Halos Spell Trouble in the Bronx (ladylovespinstripes.com)