Mark Teixeira uses the whole field
Since he signed with the New York Yankees in 2009, Mark Teixeira has seemingly been mired in an offensive decline.
In reality, opposing defenses are positioning themselves according to his pull-happy tendencies and robbing him of would-be base hits.
This is why his batting average on balls in play is unusually low.
The opposite field is wide open, Tex.
Dispose of Freddy Garcia
Manager Joe Girardi removed Freddy Garcia from the rotation earlier this season and uses him exclusively in low-leverage situations. The 35-year-old only pitches when the team is trailing or leading by a significant margin (or in extra innings after the 'pen has been emptied).
Why is he hogging a spot on the active roster? Because it is difficult to trade the aging right-hander with approximately $2.4 million still remaining on his contract.
But this has gone on long enough.
Bring Brett Gardner along slowly
Left fielder Brett Gardner initially injured his elbow in mid-April. His outstanding base running and defensive prowess have been sorely missed.
Several setbacks have delayed his return. One more might end his season.
There is no rush to recall Gardner with the club so dominant, but he will be invaluable down the stretch when the elder players begin to wear down.
He means as much to the Yankees as Matt Kemp does to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The organization must ensure that he's 100 percent healthy.