I just returned from a well deserved vacation in South Carolina. I left the day after James Shields bested CC Sabathia 2 to 1 inTampa, making the Yankees 4 and 4 on an 8 game road trip. It certainly wasn’t bad considering they got bombed the first 2 games in Toronto.
While I was away, the Yankees returned home for the start of 10 game homes and against the dregs of the A.L., Oakland, Seattle, and Baltimore. The team won 4 of the first 6, but should have won 5 as they were beaten by the oft-injured Rich Harden and the A’s last Saturday. On Wednesday, they were schooled by King Felix Hernandez 7 to 1. I am fine with that as Hernandez owns the Bombers as if his name were Steinbrenner.
Upon returning to my castle, I sat down last night fired up for some baseball and then watched New York get schooled by Jeremy Guthrie. This is the exact same Jeremy Guthrie whom the Yanks had beaten 7 straight times coming into last night. Guthrie held the Bombers to 4 hits and 1 run in 7 strong innings and the Yankees could not get to noted gas can Kevin Gregg in the 9th, despite bringing the tying run to the plate and fell 4 to 2.
This type of loss has been all too common with this ballclub this year. To me the Yankee lineup as constructed is a fraud. Most of the hitters are homer obsessed, pull crazy, strike out too much, and are completely un-clutch. This is why it is time for Yankees GM Brian Cashman to pick up the phone and make some moves. He must deal for a right-handed hitting, doubles type of bat before tomorrow’s 4pm trade deadline. The Yankees need a guy like the Twins Michael Cuddyer, Houston’s Michael Bourne, or Oakland’s Josh Willingham. If that can’t be done, Cashman needs to re-acquire Johnny Damon to be the DH. This would take key at bats away from the washed up Jorge Posada. Damon may be past his prime, but he is as clutch as they come, and won’t wilt in a big spot. The added hitter will leave Russell Martin as the only automatic out on paper and prevent losses to scrubs like Guthrie and Harden.
The talk around the Yankee Universe is that they need pitching, but I disagree. The offense is what is broken. The price for Ubaldo Jimenez is too high at the moment. Bartolo Colon looks solid, Phil Hughes should be moth-balled at triple A until next year and replaced by Ivan Nova, and Rafael Soriano is back from the D.L. That staff led by C.C. Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, and David Robertson is solid enough to get this team to the A.L.C.S. It is the lineup that needs to be fixed immediately.
A Rod is not expected back until the second week in August and next week the Yankees play 7 tough games in Chicago and Boston. Without that extra bat, they could easily lose 5 of 7 and see their 5 game lead over the Angels for the wild card slip away. Not making the post season would be a colossal failure with the talent on the roster. It is time for Cashman to act now to prevent just that from happening.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Sennott
I was born in the heart of the AL East in the late 70's and am a huge Yankees fan. (Don't hate) I have moved around to a lot of solid baseball markets in my life(Boston, Chicago, Detroit) and was a part-time reporter, producer, blogger, and on air personality for WDFN Radio Sportsradio 1130 The Fan in Detroit. I still live in the "D" and am married with one beautiful 9 month old daughter. My girls are my life. In my media career I've interviewed players, managers and executives in the sport and would love to get back in the business full time. Baseball is my passion. I look forward to shooting straight about the Yanks and M.L.B in my new blog and getting your feedback.