The Tiger won three of four, but discharged Yankee hitters with complete two shut-outs.
Of course Hughes, Javy and Joba all individually look dynamite, but makes no difference if the team is losing.
WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN?
A lot or else Bombers will get swiped by the Twins, Red Sox, Rays and Mets in the next week.
Here are seven suggestions:
- Hit, hit, hit and hit more consistently. Riding a tidal wave up and over is not going to beat the Rays or the Twins. Not counting out the Mets, who has a depleting fan-base providing enoug h incentive, but it is the Mets.
- Make sure Cervelli and Posada are in the line-up for the two games against the Rays. Cervelli should catch, and Posada can DH because this seems to work.
- Burnett tends to win and lose games in bunches. Burnett won first four outings, but tanked his last start which causes concern. He needs to fix this and now is the time.
- Alex Rodriguez‘s power noticeably is weak, which in the past has translated into an injury. If our ultimate power hitter is on a fine-line with minor soreness anywhere, sit him for a week or two. Rather than let Arod impose his own position, Girardi needs to think bigger picture in this situation
- Hughes, Joba, Gardner and Cervelli have been significant, but it is essential that they to keep playing at this high level. Age has become a reality as Mo, Posada, Pettitte, Arod, and Swisher are DTD, while Graderson, Park and Johnson stay on the DL.
- Joba should be used for two innings, especially when starters are winning after the sixth or seventh inning. Joba was in the rotation last season and during Spring Training so he can feel the length. The Joba from 2007 is back as Joba has vaporized opponents over the last two weeks. This is exactly where he needs to be forever.
- Girardi needs to stop micromanaging as it is distracting and annoying. It worked last season, but this year his success rate has decreased. Having to watch Girardi head off and forth to the mound like he is in a relay event or something, makes me want to puke.
Trust me, I want to brush-off it off as being just part of baseball and the length of the season. Playing on an almost daily basis should make losing understandably inevitable, but this is a team in some trouble.
Losing sucks for any fan, but especially when your an entitled Yankees fan like myself.
It hurts when your gut, mind and experience tells you that this has to change now or else.