Tuesday, May 15, 2012
CC Falters to O's
The offense has been sporadic for the Yankees. They are not moving runners or getting productive at-bats. They rely heavily on the home run which doesn't come easily against a good pitcher. The rotation is a major question mark already after CC. Now, the bullpen which has been so lights out, also faces questions that will be difficult to resolve unless Robertson comes back after 15 days. Gardner is still at least two weeks away before he makes his presence known in the lineup, leaving the continued platoon of Ibanez and Jones in the outfield. Gardner's absence proves how much value he holds to the Yankees. The lineup is not the same without him. The excitement of the possibility of the stolen base or bunt hit isn't there. Runs aren't getting manufactured via small ball. This is why the Yankees lineup has been sporadic this season. They need Gardner back in the lineup and Robertson back in the bullpen if they want to contend this year.