Wednesday, April 11, 2012
First Time Through
The hitting has been much like the Yankees starting pitching. The 4-5-6 hitters in the Yankee lineup all have averages under .160. The only players who are performing on the offensive side of the ball are Jeter, Cano, Gardner and Ibanez. The rest of the guys, especially Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson are struggling badly. I'm very concerned with Teixeira especially. This is a guy who has shown a steady decrease in batting average over the last three years, and also a guy who pulls everything left-handed. He needs to figure something out and quick because the Yankees will not win if he continues a downward spiral.
Tonight, the Yankees face Jake Arrieta with their ace on the mound. I expect a sweep of Baltimore before the opening home series on Friday against Pujols and the newly improved Angels.