It was bound to happen, and it appears it has. The New York Yankees line-up has been exposed for what it is … not very good. Before this week, the Yankees were perhaps the surprise story of the year in major league baseball. The injuries to their line-up were so significant that most baseball experts thought they had a very small chance at making the playoffs. However, entering the week, they Yankees were atop the American League East and exceeding all expectations.
It’s been no secret that their pitching has been carrying them for much of the season (they are second in the A.L. in E.R.A.), but their offense had been good enough to play .600 baseball into late May. However, that’s slowly been changing over the last week and a half. In their last nine games, the Yankees have scored more than four runs just once. In that same time frame, the Bombers have gone 2-7, dropping them out of first place, now trailing the Boston Red Sox.
No player in their line-up is hitting over .300, and their .249 team batting average has them in 10th place in the A.L. Some players who were hot early in the season have cooled considerably. Vernon Wells, who looked like a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year early this year, has hit .158 in the last 10 games without a home run and only one RBI. He’s been outstanding in the middle of the Yankee order, but without him getting on base, the Yankee batting order lacks depth.
There is some good news for the Yankees as they head into a weekend series against the first place Red Sox. Both Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are expected to be in the line-up, adding two veteran bats to a line-up lacking dramatically in experience.