Much as it might pain Brian Cashman to admit it, the New York Yankees need Alex Rodriguez back. Badly.
The Yankees have been playing just terribly as of late, and it’s mainly because they can’t score runs. They’ve lost their last three games by an average of just two runs, which suggests to me that the pitching hasn’t been that bad — it’s the offense that can’t get them over the hump.
A-Rod could certainly help out there. New York is in desperate need of a middle-of-the-order bat to back up Robinson Cano. Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells were hitting earlier in the season, but their productivity has since dropped off significantly. If Rodriguez could return and be healthy enough to produce, he might be just what the Yankees need.
And besides, he’d be a vast improvement over their current third basemen, especially offensively. Like Wells and Hafner, David Adams was hitting well earlier in the season, but has since become a liability at the plate. A month ago on May 29, Adams was hitting a decent .265. Entering today’s game, his batting average has sunk to a sub-Mendozian .184. Backup Alberto Gonzalez hasn’t fared much better, hitting .186 in limited at-bats. Even if Rodriguez started slow, I’m sure he’d put up better numbers than that.
It’s been an up-and-down season for New York. If Alex Rodriguez gets back on the field soon, we’ll see if he can help them back up.