After yesterday’s 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, I am running out of excuses to prove looking the other way any longer.
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.
But wait, even amount all the booing no one should be throwing in the towel on either All-Star quite yet.
CC SABATHIA:CC Sabathia - 2014 Pitching Stats
In Sabathia’s case, he needs to gain some weight, as the guy looks anorexic on the mound. Maybe some extra pounds would steady Sabathia’s overall delivery, and maybe he would not feel so “all over the place.”
Haven’t you ever heard the saying, “more cushion for the pushin?”
I believe that Sabathia’s severe weight loss is responsible for most of the drop in his velocity.
The Yankees should start ordering boxes of Captain Crunch to jump-start CC back to his fighting weight. Sabathia doesn’t have to get back to 315+ lbs. but putting back on 20 of the 40+ lbs. he dropped in the off-season might be the best baseball decision he ever makes.
CC was at his best when he weighed (315+ lbs.) the most, so a 10 lbs. experiment to see if there is any improvement is not a bad idea; and go from there.
Another factor is that Sabathia has thrown a ton of innings over his career. He has pitched 200+ innings in the last seven seasons, so this was bound to eventually catch up with him.
DEREK JETER:Derek Jeter - 2014 Batting Stats
Fact is the Captain isn’t getting moved down in the batting order unless he brings it up to skipper Joe Girardi.
The level of respect paid to Jeter is a warranted mandate that no one is questioning. But if Jeter’s slump continues into June, a true team Captain would surrender his ego for the betterment of the team.
Brett Gardner or even Yangervis Solarte would be a better fit with Jeter moving to the seventh, eighth or ninth spot. He has 2 hits in his last 24 and is not getting the job done in the two-hole right now.
In the Captain’s defense, he is not completely defective yet as three weeks ago he was posting a batting .294 average.
But he is triple-less and homer-less, and the distraction of a demotion that is not initiated by Jeter himself will without a doubt cause an off-the-field media storm.
HOW WOULD I DEAL WITH THINGS?
I say let’s reexamine everything again in two weeks, as you can bet these two players are working their behinds off to right themselves.
And no one will argue that either man hasn’t earned everyone giving them the benefit of the doubt for a tad longer.