Sunday, June 23, 2013
The Silent Bats
The real culprit of today's loss though had to be a result of the lack of offense by the Yankees bats. Aside from the rookie Almonte, none of the Yankees are hitting and it shows by the number of runs scored this afternoon. Unless your pitchers are going to pitch shutouts every day, one run will not give you wins. You need to capitalize on base runners. Home runs aren't always the answer as the Yankees have shown earlier in the year. Run scoring singles will do the job. Swinging for the fences never provides for a good winning formula. With all the teams in the AL East above .500, the Yankees need to find some offense on a consistent basis. That is easier said than done, but if the Yankees reach into their farm system, I'm sure they will be able to find a diamond similar to Almonte who can take the league by storm and provides the Yankees with a spark.
With Baltimore and Boston both coming home losers today, the Yankees don't suffer in the standings as much with today's loss. They had an opportunity to take three out of four from the Rays at home but instead earn a split and don't gain any ground on the top two teams in the division. After an off day tomorrow, the Texas Rangers come into Yankee Stadium for three games. Yu Darvish and Hiroki Kuroda will face off as Tuesday's game will definitely be one to watch.