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Yankees: Are you having April and May offensive déjà vu too?

New York Yankees

New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

The New York Yankees took the rubber match last night, beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4 in nine innings.

This series win also marks the end of May for the Yankees, who are amid a much-needed day off before they start a 17 straight games in row.

The 2014 Yankees finish the first two months with a 28-24 record, second place in the AL East, three games behind the hot Toronto Blue Jays.

Undoubtedly, the Yankees inconsistent offensive production has cost them games.

So far, the checks owner Hal Steinbrenner signed this past off-season to mend the lackluster line-up from 2013 has not paid off.

Shockingly with the onslaught of pitching injuries the Yankees have endured in April and May, the hitting has been their biggest issue.

The similarities in team batting stats from April and May in 2013 to this year is not too comforting. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Are you having April and May offensive déjà vu too?’ »

Yankees: Who are you because I do not know

Yankee Stadium - Cold Beer on a Hot Day

Yankee Stadium – Cold Beer on a Hot Day (Photo credit: wallyg)

Margret Thatcher once said, “Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.”

Don’t you think this sums the 2014 New York Yankees up in a nutshell?

Speaking as a fan, what I find most frustrating about this Yankees team is no one knows who they are because they don’t know either.

Lose three, win four, lose two, win one, lose four, and win three…catch my drift?

These Yankees are suffering from being constant inconstant, and as fan it is totally frustrating.

And following last night’s 6-0 blanking the Yankees took from the St. Louis Cardinals only proves this point more.

Problem here is good teams don’t play in the postseason, or win the World Series, the great one’s do.

And these Yankees seem to lose the one win, or win the one lose needed to either climb over the hill or fall off the cliff, if that makes any sense.

True, the Yankees have endured an obscene number of injuries this month but that made this current road trip seem like a blessing from the scheduling Gods. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Who are you because I do not know’ »

Yankees: Extra innings to losing Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game b...

Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 26, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After another ruff patch, the New York Yankees seem back on track winning a third game in row, 6-4 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, following taking the two prior to split a four-game set vs. the Chicago White Sox.

Beating the Cards at Busch Stadium marked the Yankees second extra-innings win in their last six games, leaving them 4-1 in games that went over nine-innings.

Presently, the Yankees are in second place in the AL East, two back from the hot Toronto Blue Jays who are 9-1 in their last 10-games, and are looking to earn their eighth “W” in a row tonight.

Reality is the Yankees cannot afford to have another mini-collapse with the way the Blue Jays are rolling. Toronto just swept the AL leading Oakland A’s, which means this team is for real.

No doubt, May has not been the healthiest month for the Yankees, as the injuries seemed to come from every direction.

Games that were winnable turned into lost opportunities because this 2014 team has not found its groove, and they desperately need. The Yankees have faked fans by looking real good, only to got and lose a few stingers in a row.

Hence, why I cannot fully trust this team yet. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Extra innings to losing Mark Teixeira’ »

Yankees bats need to stop slumping to start winning

Mark Teixeira swings at a pitch during a game ...

Mark Teixeira swings at a pitch during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 28, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is no denying it; the New York Yankees are not a good team right now.

True, the Yankees did beat the Cubs, 4-2 in the second game yesterday afternoon. And yes, it did take 13-innings to accomplish, but it doesn’t get better for fans than when their team shows some fight.

In all honesty, the Yankees couldn’t afford not to win after their incompetent offense played such a big role in helping Masahiro Tanaka break his 43-wins streak.

So, what is the matter with the Yankees?

You might presume that losing 60% of their starting rotation, along with Kelley Johnson, aka the new D-Rob to injuries would be the culprit. But no, as the pitching has been good, considering.

The truth behind why the Yankees cannot consistently win, making the games utterly painful to watch is that they are suffering from offensive anemia. Continue reading ‘Yankees bats need to stop slumping to start winning’ »

Yankees: You are not supposed to lose to the Cubs

English: Joe Girardi

English: Joe Girardi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last night was not part of the plan.

As watching the Yankees tank, 6-1 against the Cubs, and Masahiro Tanaka get tagged for his first loss in 42 starts was completely unnerving.

It marked the 12th lose where the Yankees have scored two or less runs this season

One thing is for certain; when the 2014 Yankees lose, they do it well.

It is true that Tanaka was off last night, but did skipper Joe Girardi did not need to remove him after the sixth inning. Tanaka had only allowed three runs to score, and had thrown just 88 pitches and he could have held the Cubs right there at least.

Not like it mattered in the end, as the Yankees bats couldn’t make contact with a tennis ball but watching the bullpen tank made the whole “fan experience” even more detrimental.

This afternoon the Yankees will be up against righty Jeff Samardzija, who is coming in sporting the lowest ERA in baseball.

Add that to their lack of experience vs. Samardzija, as the active Yankees hitters have a total of 16 at-bats against him. Continue reading ‘Yankees: You are not supposed to lose to the Cubs’ »

Yankees: Injuries, schedule, winning

Following winning two of three games vs. the Pirates over the weekend, the New York Yankees are back atop the AL East with a pitiful 23-20 record.

It is no big secret that the eternally dominant AL East has alarmingly turned into the weakest division in baseball. (All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com and MLB.com)

2014 AL EAST Standings - as of 05/20
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R
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vCent
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1NYY2320---18819611-90-05-67-511-1112-91-16-313-1310-78-715-135-510-1016-14
2BAL22200.516717513-85-112-12-09-1013-104-010-419-153-510-1512-54-611-917-13
3TOR232212152087-96-65-55-210-1113-111-13-416-167-67-1216-105-511-915-15
4BOS202331751879-113-66-32-310-1410-92-35-1010-1910-411-189-54-610-1015-15
5TBR192651792018-114-95-52-18-1211-141-27-314-185-89-1710-94-68-1212-18

And unlike the past, suffering from being internally uber-talented is no longer the culprit.

It seems the perpetrators for the Rays, Red Sox, Yankees and Orioles is lack of offense, and minus New York, the rest of AL teams. The Blue Jays have managed to stay even record-wise across the board, and are the only team hitting. And the NL teams have not posed an issue yet.

The Yankees happen to be the only one in the AL East yet to play one game against an AL Central team, but are about to start the second series vs. the Cubs tonight, which is odd. They are under .500 against the AL West; a 5-6 record I believe will flip back to in their favor soon.

Regardless, is this seemingly scheduling misadventure a good thing for the Yankees or not? Continue reading ‘Yankees: Injuries, schedule, winning’ »