But the kind of worth I am referring to is not the paycheck kind, as why would anyone worry about the money other than the people signing the checks?
The worth I am speaking of is winning.
Winning a baseball game is a team effort and sometimes the absence of one player can throw the team for a loop. As this can even make the most flourishing, and unbreakable seeming teams beatable.
It is no secret that the Yankees are losing lately, but they are not getting blown out.
That is because the starting pitching has been sturdy; and minus Ivan Nova, the other four have been putting the Yankees in winning positions.
The problem of late is that the bats are not getting the job done, and losing one-two and three run games, which is beyond frustrating.
And I deem a lot of the issue here is due to the absence of A-rod.
So, I did some digging and found that in three of the last four seasons the Yankees play below .500 baseball when A-rod is on the DL for an extended period.
|2009||April 16 - May 8||13-15|
|2011||July 7 - August 21||13-26|
|2012||July 24 - to present||5-8|
In 2009 A-rod was out from April 16 to May 8, and the team went 13-15.
In 2011 he was on DL from July 7 to August 21 and the team went 13-26.
And so far in 2012 and sans A-rod since July 24th, the Yankees are 5-8.
The 2010 season is irrelevant here because A-rod didn’t miss a significant amount of time for it to matter.
Whether you think the above stats (facts) are meaningless in the saga of A-rod is up to you, but clearly there is a pattern here.
This verifies that the Yankees hit better when A-rod is healthy and in the line-up than not.
Since the All-Star Break the Yankees lead in the AL East fell from a seemingly insurmountable 10 games to a manageable 4.5 as the Orioles just won’t go away.The Bombers have also lost 12 of their last 18 games.
So the question is whether there is a team within the Yankees division to be concerned about?
Yes, and they are called the Tampa Bay Rays.
The third place Rays have fantastic starting pitching, and the recent return of slugger Evan Longoria elevates their playoff hopes. Tampa Bay is a legitimate threat and can shrink the Yankees six-game hold faster than you might think.
The bottom line here is the Yankees need to play much better baseball now, or else October will pass them by.
The Yankees schedule doesn’t allow for beating up on crappy teams and slipping into playoffs because they only play three series vs. teams (Blue Jays, Indians & Twins) that are currently below .500.