How do you feel about the current stats of the New York Yankees?
After going 4-6 and falling to third place in the AL East, you’d be hard pressed to find a Yankees fan distraught to have the team back home after this West Coast road trip.
Getting swept by the Athletics and losing two of three to the Halos, the Yankees are now 8-11 vs. AL West teams.
Everything seems to finally come to head in the state of California, as the ugly side to this team’s offensive was on full display.
Looking back at the start to this season no one believed that this Yankees team would contend for the 2013 postseason, unless your name is Hal Steinbrenner.
There were many reasons, not the excuses as to why:
– Number of injures to key players.
– Age, as there were no spring chickens in the Bronx.
– Using other team’s castoffs to replace super stars.
– Losing Russell Martin.
Reality was on paper, things just didn’t add up enough to convince anyone otherwise.
The offense took such an injury hit they were entering the season way worse off then just a year earlier.
So when this team started to winning in April and May everyone was in utter awe. The Yankees were the best story in baseball for those two months.
And no one knew how this makeshift Yankees kept winning with these players.
Was it the thrill of donning the famous Yankees pinstripes?
I can only imagine how surreal it must have been but the Yankees nostalgia is not going to get them a postseason berth. That takes talent that the Yankees just do not have.
But Yankee fans hung to the fact that this was not permanent, for once the injured stars were healthy again, Yankee Universe could realign.
First returned was Curtis Granderson, who had broken his forearm in his first at-bat during Spring Training.
A week after his return, the Grandy-man broke his pinky finger and is out till at least August.
Next it was Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis. Both came back the same week, and both are not back on the DL again.
So the awaited returns of the stars have all gone belly up, which is just crazy when you think about it.
The next few weeks the true potential of what this Yankees team is capable of doing will be revealed.
Is this anemic offense just in a standard slump?
Or is this a team finally coming back down to earth?
With hitting numbers this terrible, the Yankees do not look like contenders without some miracle.
Bottom line is there was many pre-season reasons to believe the Yankees would miss the postseason.
And up until now those reasons were not yet facts, which is not a positive in my mind.