There is just no other way to say this but since returning from the All-Star Break the New York Yankees have absolutely stunk.
Even though the Yankees have gone 3-11 since that dreaded road trip out West on July 19th, all that could easily be excused because they still maintain a 7-game lead in the AL East.
So what issues are causing the current woes for the Bombers?
Well there are more than one but here are my top four:
1) The 2-3-4 (the heart of any team’s lineup) has gone 0 for 25 in the last two losses and without the production at the heart of it from Granderson-Cano-Tex this team will be fighting to keep atop the division by end of next week.
2) Failing with RISP (runners in scoring positions) has been public enemy #1 for the 2012 Yankees, as the bats will lose in October if they don’t implement some other offensive dynamic. Like playing some small-ball maybe?
3) Tex’s health, specifically his left wrist he fell on in the 8th inning last night that forced him to leave the game a play later. With slugger Alex Rodriguez already out of the lineup for 6-8 weeks, the Yankees would be really hurting if their RBI leader (71) had to miss any time right now. The injuries keep piling on in the Bronx but this one would push the team over the edge without a parachute.
4) Could Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine’s bigmouth actually be correct?
Bobby didn’t hold back when he spewed out his views about the Yankees in the Bronx this past weekend. As following his Red Sox’s series win he had some visions that sounded more like a forecast or a curse that I pray does NOT come true.
“Maybe they (Yankees) won’t get in it. Who knows? Crazy things happen in this game.”
Problem is that Bobby V’s words have so much truth to boot that I hope this is not the Yankees year to take the hit that his team took last season; or even worse like the 2007 Mets.
What do you think? Are the Bronx Bombers in trouble?