Following another New York Yankees one-run loss yesterday, this time to the Tampa Bay Rays, captain Derek Jeter described the state of the team:
“Before the games, we’re not panicking. We're playing with a lot of confidence.”
This carefree attitude seems to be a theme in the Yankees clubhouse.
"All I hear is concern this, concern that. Nobody's concerned in here, guys."
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but the Yankees have ample reasons to be concerned.
“Don't find fault. Find a remedy.” – Henry Ford
And here are 5 reasons why....
The Yankees have two more games left in this series vs. the Rays at Tropicana Field, which is a dome and a total dump with a turf field.
And the other division foe who plays on the fake stuff, the Blue Jays, host the Yankees for four games at the Rogers Center at the end of September.
So, why is this a problem?
The Yankees are 3-9 when playing on turf this season and are 1-6 at the Trop.
Just 28 days ago the Yankees were posting a .250 batting average. Then, 14 days ago the team’s BA dropped to .203, and over the last week the bats are posting a .181 BA.
And to add insult to injury...over the past week the Yankees have hit just three homers, scored only 16 runs and struck out 38 times.
The Yankees are 26-25 against AL East teams, which ranks them third below the Rays (31-22) and the O’s (30-21). And 22 of the 28 regular season games left to play are vs. AL East teams.
Skipper Joe Girardi is getting too trigger-happy. For example, why did he pinch-hit Curtis Granderson in the ninth inning for Russell Martin vs. the Rays on Labor Day?
Other than the fact that Granderson has been a strikeout machine lately, wasn’t he diagnosed with tendonitis in his right hamstring like two days ago?
And considering Martin was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base on the afternoon, this made no sense to me at all.
And rewind to Sunday's loss for a second.
Why take out Dickerson in the rubber game on Sunday vs. the Orioles to pinch-hit Andruw Jones?
Who hands the bat to a hitter who is posting a .143 batting average, with four RBIs and 10 strikeouts over his last 42 at-bats from the guy (Dickerson) who hit a two-run homer and scored the only other run in the 3-8 loss?
Wrestler Hans Schmidt once said, “It takes no talent to hustle.”
Robbie Cano, don't cha' know?
After hitting a line drive right towards Rays third baseman Elliot Johnson, Cano decided to jog to first base instead of run. Johnson dropped the textbook catch, but Cano was too slow and too late to be safe.
Also, after the loss, Cano told the NY Daily News that his left hip “felt a little tight” after spending significant time in the training room, and he was sporting an ice pack on it. He also said he might be out of the lineup tonight vs. the Rays to rest the hip.