In New York, the bright lights are always on the New York Yankees, and when they lose, everyone looks for someone to blame. Let it be a player or coach, there has to be someone to blame.
After the loss Monday, there are many reasons to be concerned and many people who could be blamed. New York should be heading back to the Bronx in full control of the series; instead they are all tied up, not because of their pitching but because of little run support.
Are the Yankees capable of playing small-ball? Just hitting home runs is not going to win them a 28th ring. Night after night, each hitter comes to the plate with runners on and tries too hard to hit a home run instead of just getting a man over or getting a run in.
In Game 2, New York went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position, stranding 10. They were overpowered by, at best, a decent rookie pitcher.
New York starters CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte have given the team their all in the series, with New York only having to go to its bullpen for less than two innings in two games. Obviously it is not the pitching, so what is the problem?
The easy answer is Alex Rodriguez. The idea of moving the over-paid third baseman down in the order is a start, but it seems that is just a Band-Aid. Rodriguez is often blamed for the Yankees woes, but this is the Yankees, and there is no “I” in team; he is struggling but so are others.
Yankees first baseman, Mark Teixeira, has heart and when healthy, he is one of the best. The problem is Teixeira is not healthy. So should he even be in the lineup?
Teixeira has hit in both games, but he is becoming a liability on the bases, as well as in the field. Teixeira’s lack of speed, due to his injured calf, cost New York at least one run offensively, and if not for great pitching by Pettitte, possibly another one defensively. In game one, no one really talked of it because New York won, but in game two it was a glaring issue.
One run can decide a game, especially with two teams so evenly matched. So everything needs to be questioned. New York has to come out, not just in the next game, but the rest of the series with some answers, or they will be sent packing.
So where do the Yankees go from here?