The Boston Red Sox are lurking not far behind and just activated 2B Dustin Pedroia from the DL. Pedroia is a powerhouse.
No one count out the Toronto Blue Jays either, this team is unbeatable when hot as Tampa, New York and Boston have recently experienced.
Even squeaking out a win on Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees looked tired, and dare I say old.
Sans-A-rod has never fared well for the line-up. The Yankee bats tend to center themselves around A-rod’s talent, which is just human nature. The team can win games without A-rod and that is what must happen till he gets healthy.
Cano, Gardner, Graderson, Cervelli, Joba, Robertson, and Hughes were great at the start of 2010.
Fresh off an unacceptable loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon, the New York Yankees arrived back home to face the Detroit Tigers for a four-game set.
Instead of keeping the Tampa Bay Rays at bay, the Yankees lost to the Tigers 3-0, but that is just the icing on the cake.
Manic Monday’ is an understatement because it brought on a whole slew of new issues. The Bombers timing for drama could not be worse, as this is the most crucial part of the season. Let’s take a look:
The Yankees split a series with the crappy Kansas City Royals and just lost the first of four games against a non-contending Tigers team. Guess the Bombers don’t want any breathing room, considering 25 of 41 regular seasons games left are against AL East teams.
I am in complete denial that A-rod and Swisher made early exits in Monday’s loss to the Tigers. The reasons for both sluggers were ‘tightness’ and according to Joe Girardi are listed day-to-day. This is supposed to be the Yankees ‘Hope Week’, so let’s stick to that plan please.
The 2010 MLB season is in the home stretch, as contending teams battle for a coveted playoff spot and the possibility of going to the World Series.
It would be impossible to name the fate of teams still in the hunt. There is a lot of baseball to be played and anything can happen.
That doesn’t mean that, for a few teams, the 2010 season isn’t already in the toilet. Here, in order from bad to worst, are baseball ‘s top three biggest losers:
3) BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Here it is, plain and simple: the Baltimore Orioles should be better than 41-77 and 31.5 games out of first place in the AL East. Blaming failures on location is not going to fly, because the O’s are at the bottom of all 30 MLB teams.
Just look at the Rays, who have far less money, history, and fans than the O’s. Who would rather call dumpy Tropicana Field a home dome, instead of gorgeous Camden Yards? The Rays would happily switch stadiums with the O’s at a moment’s notice.
Where are all these superhero prospects the Orioles supposedly have? I have heard about the depth of the O’s farm system for at least four seasons, but pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg was on the Nationals the last time I checked.
The Orioles’ core of Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Brian Roberts is a solid group of talent. The pitching—not so much. O’s fans are waiting for their young pitchers to debut and claim that, in time, the O’s will win again. Guess the plan of embarrassing themselves in the meantime is working out better than expected.
There is light at the end of this tunnel and it started the day Buck Showalter was hired as the team’s skipper. Maybe owner Peter Angelos is finally listening, because hiring Showalter gives fans a reason to cheer again.
Though Showalter has been on the job for only a few weeks, Baltimore has already shown a huge improvement. Sorry to say O’s fans, but it may be next year before the team gets back to the “The Oriole Way” again.
2) NEW YORK METS
Coming in a close second and, with no surprise, is the New York Mets. The Mets have owned a spot on the “Biggest Losers” list since 2007, as the drama is never-ending in Queens.
New York Yankees Marcus Thames has been the talk of the town lately—and for good reason.
Thames has come up big for the Yankees as he led the team in victory over the Texas Rangers Cliff Lee, this past Wednesday night.
The switch-hitter went 3-5 with two hits, a homer, and two RBI. Thames had the game-winning single in the top of the ninth inning that put the Yankees on top.
In 2001, Thames caught the Yankees attention after being named to the Baseball America minor leagues All-Star team after hitting .321, with 97 RBI and 31 homers in AA.
Thames started his pro career in pinstripes on June 10th, 2002. In his first at-bat, Thames hit a homer off Arizona DiamondbacksRandy Johnson and received a monstrous curtain call from a packed house at Yankee Stadium.
One year later, Thames was traded to the Texas Rangers for Rubin Sierra, but free-agency landed him with the Detroit Tigers three months later.
Thames remained a Tiger through 2009, playing mainly in left field but also used as a DH and first baseman.
In 2008, Thames hit eight home runs in eight games, making a new Tigers record.
Thames’ solid hitting in the clutch, along with proving success against left-handed pitching, appealed to the Yankees.
GM Brian Cashman signed Thames to a minor-league contract with nothing promised but the possibility of a good match.
Thames fought in Spring Training and made the 2010 Opening Day roaster as an outfielder competing with Brett Gardner and Randy Winn for playing time.
After spending most of June on the DL, Thames’ return has been been a difference maker for the Yankees. His reliable hitting has gained the trust of Yankee fans.
Since rejoining the Yankees, Thames, in 116 at-bats, has had 37 hits, five doubles, four home runs, 16 RBI and has a .319 batting average.
Yankee fans everywhere are happy to welcome back Marcus Thames.
The odds were stacked up against the New York Yankees before Texas Rangers Cliff Lee even threw his first pitch.
By the top of the sixth inning, Lee was schooling the Yankees again, with a 6-1 lead, posting 11 strikeouts, no walks, and a stacked bullpen just waiting.
Yankees Javier Vazquez pitched just shy of six innings. Vazquez is fighting a pitcher’s “dead arm,” which is fatigue from throwing, but regardless Vazquez didn’t skip his start and that is a sign of a true ballplayer.
Mark Teixeira was on a mini-paternity leave, but is back today and his hot bat is always appreciated.
Replacing Tex at the plate and at first base was Marcus Thames, who was the player of the game by a landslide. Thames hit a homer and the ninth inning single that drove in the needed runs for the win.
I really like Thames because he has preformed since joining the Yankees this season. Thames is like a subdued Swisher, just happy to be a Yankee and fans are happy to have him too.
It’s no big secret that the Yankees are losing, winning only 4 of last 11 games and falling fast.
The Bombers first place lead is dwindling down, now just a half-a-game over the Tampa Bay Rays. Now the Boston Red Sox are playing catch-up sitting at five games back and also making the AL East a three-team event again.
Yankees starting pitcherAJ Burnett looked really good…. again, but for how long is a total crap-shoot. Yankees need Burnett to perform more than ever because he could make or break whether October baseball happens.
Below you will read a list. This list could be either interpreted as a fan’s cry for help, or a Yankees what NOT to do rant. Hey, my Yankees are slumping and at times a fan need to vent.
Whatever, let’s call it one fan’s observations:
If the Yankees MVP is sick with the flu and running a fever…. why is he even at the ballpark? Especially when it is 120* degrees? Definitely a bad idea to pinch-hit Robinson Cano in the 6th inning.