The Yankees have gotten a great effort from Brett Gardner in center field, in place of the injured Curtis Granderson.
But Curtis has completed his rehab stint and is ready to return to his old spot in the Yankees' outfield. And he couldn't have picked a better time to come back.
The Bronx (Bomber-less) Bombers have had little production from the offense recently, and Gardner seems to be one of the many players in a slump at the moment. They never seem to have the proverbial "perfect storm."
When one hitter has started to heat up, another one goes cold. Such is the case with Teixeira and A-Rod this season, two hitters that the Yanks desperately need to get back to the World Series this year. But both have had prolonged slumps this season, which is costing the Yanks right now.
Now with Granderson back, he may be able to key all the hitters together. He will certainly need to pick up his own numbers—his average stands at a lowly .225 and he has only gone deep twice, while driving in seven runs.
I know he has been a disappointment thus far, but if he can recapture his power stroke and start driving the balls out, then he could be just the one thing the Yankees offense is missing.
The Yanks should be able to get their offense jump-started this weekend. Coming off of a series victory in Minnesota, the Yankees welcome the Cleveland Indians to town for four games, then get the perennial bottom-feeders of the AL East, the Orioles, for three.
It's time to break out the lumber, but will Granderson become the player they traded for in the offseason, or will his numbers continue to nose dive?
Only time will tell.