Despite a 49-42 record, the New York Yankees sit in fourth place in an extremely competitive AL East.
This season has been marred by injuries. With a strong pitching staff—largely the reason the Yankees are above .500—we’ve seen very limited offense from the Bronx Bombers.
A year removed from setting a franchise record with 245 regular season home runs, the Yankees have mustered just 87 long balls through the first 91 games.
First in the majors with a +129 run differential in 2012, New York has a +1 run differential on the season and that number is -21 playing at Yankee Stadium.
Without Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis, the names in this Yankee lineup are not at the talent level Yankee fans have become accustomed to.
Many have transformed from role/utility players to everyday players—i.e. Lyle Overbay, Jayson Nix and David Adams—and understandably, some are suffering through long slumps as they adjust to new roles.
The All-Star break provides some much-needed rest for every player, but will prove to be beneficial for these Yankees in the second half of the season.