Since returning from the All-Star Break on July 19th, which informally marks baseball’s mid-season point, the Yankees have been horrendous.
Heading into the second half, the Yankees were six games back in the division, and just 3.5 games out of the AL Wild Card race.
Less than a month later, the Yankees are 57-56, just one loss away from being a .500 team.
Here are the current AL East standings as of August 8, 2013:
(Standings courtesy of MLB.com)AL EAST STANDINGS - 08-08-2013
The problem is the Yankees offense is terrible.
Mind you, the pitching has not been as solid in the second-half but it is enough to keep this team in games. The Yankee arms have also been the savior in 2013.
Just look at the AL Team batting stats since the All-Star Break to understand just how bad things have gotten:
(All stats courtesy of ESPN.com)2013 AL Team Batting Stats - Post All-Star Break
Bottom line is being a .500 was inevitable for Yankees coming into this season.
Hal Steinbrenner got cheap in the off-season and did not spend money on a viable bench with solid utility guys that could hit for power.
So if anyone is to blame here it is the inherited owner of Hal for being a cheap skate where the Yankees could not afford to be.
Relaying on players coming back from serious injuries is a huge risk, and the point in sports is to win.
The reality for the Yankees is winning costs money. Hal either has to accept it as trying to change the way his dad’s Yankees have been run would mean years of missing the playoffs.
And fact is in New York, fans don’t pay money to watch a loser.