Despite the injuries, the New York Yankees are still one of the best teams in baseball. Their pitching is strong and even with Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia on the shelf and they will have enough to survive until their two lefties make their returns.
Their bullpen is one of the best in baseball, despite the loss of the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera, to a torn ACL. Rafael Soriano has stepped in as closer and is one of the best in that role this season. With David Robertson, Boone Logan, and the return of Joba Chamberlain, the Yankees will be just fine finishing off games.
Now let's stop talking about pitching. The Yankees aren't known as the "Bronx Bombers" for nothing, right? Isn't it their offense that has them consistently crushing opposing teams? I mean really, one through nine, is their even a break in that lineup?
The answer is yes. Opposing teams seem to consistently get breaks in the Yankee lineup when the Yankees have one or two runners in scoring position. When a runner reaches second, the guys at the plate seem to stop producing. It's surprising really, since the Yankees rank second in the majors in runs scored, just behind the powerhouse Texas Rangers. But I guess that's the effect of hitting the most home runs in the majors, and by far.
However, the Yankees cannot win in the playoffs if they are relying on the long ball, so they need to fix their issues with hitting with runners in scoring position. Here are a few ways that they might be able to do that.