Thursday, June 20, 2013

Yankees Offense Anemic Again

Once again, the Yankees offense couldn't do squat against Matt Moore who lost his last three decisions and has pitched to an ERA of over four. The Yankees lineup can't do anything when Cano isn't hitting, and only now are they beginning to show their true colors after getting off to a hot start. Robinson Cano continues to struggle at the plate while Vernon Wells continues his horrific offensive slump. It's time the Yankees bench Wells for a few days, much like they did with Granderson in 2010 in Texas. It would do Wells some good to clear his mind for a series then return and see how he recovers. In the meantime, the Yankees can try Zoilo Almonte who recorded his first big league hit tonight in the ninth inning against Kyle Farnsworth. The ball didn't leave the infield but it was a hit nevertheless. Almonte could really catch fire with the Yankees if he hits like he showed them he could hit in Spring Training. Until the likes of Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson return the Yankees will have to look in-house for their backup options. That is unless, Brian Cashman decides to dip into the trade market. There are many options that Cashman can explore. The Yankees need a right handed designated hitter/corner infielder.

Pettitte was solid but instead of getting a win, he gets handed his fifth loss of the season to go along with five wins. Like Hughes last night, Pettitte gave up five runs but lasted into the seventh inning before the bullpen came in and did a horrible job against Longoria and Escobar who both homered, with Longoria hitting two bombs. 
This extended four game series can either really help the Yankees or it can bury them in the standings. The Tampa Bay Rays are only two games behind New York in the loss column and if the Yankees lose this series they could be staring at fourth place in the division. Luckily for the Yankees, the Red Sox lost tonight in the ninth inning against the Tigers. 

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