And regrettably, the clock for letting these two treasured veterans work out the kinks themselves is ticking, and action needs to be taken sooner than later.
Once a player’s individual performance has a noticeably detrimental impact on a team losing games, the logical next step is a change. And unhappily, Sabathia and Jeter are currently hurting the Yankees on the field.
After enduring a torturous Friday night loss, the Yankees dusted themselves off and paid back the Rays yesterday to tie up the series at a game apiece.
Even with the unpredictable CC Sabathia on the bump, one would think the Yankees bats could crush the ball against Rays’ Erik Bedard enough to win no matter what.
Until I remembered that the Yankees faced Bedard at the Trop back on April 18th, and scored four earned runs off him in the second inning. Mind-you, the Yankees lost the game 11-5, thanks to their bullpen being ineffective and the Rays relievers doing the opposite.
Ideally the Yankees batters need to come at Bedard swinging early, and score enough runs if Sabathia is done after the five innings, which is a crap-shoot at this point.
Pineda had been down in Tampa a-mid a 10-day suspension for using pine tar, but he flew back to New York this past Tuesday night after experiencing back pain, while throwing a simulated game.
Considering the 25-year old is coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder that had him in rehab for the past two years means there is good reason to be concerned here. I have read that the teres muscle is not directly connected with the rotator cuff but is right below the shoulder, which cannot be good.
With Ivan Nova out for the season too, the Yankees starting rotation is in some rough shape.