Yes, the New York Yankees have looked just terrible lately. They’ve lost seven of their last 10 games, and their offense has looked absolutely atrocious. Worst of all, they are now tied for third in the AL East with the Tampa Bay Rays, and they’re only two and half games out of last place.
But all isn’t lost. I think that the Yankees are in a good position to make a second-half push for the playoffs.
First of all, this roster simply has too many hitters to stay down. I think that guys like Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells will start hitting again. Their early performances strike me as too good to be just aberrations. They’ll start hitting again soon, especially when their other hitters come off the DL to back them up.
That brings me to my next point: once their players return from injury, this team will start to look a whole lot better. Just take a gander at the talent on their disabled list: Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Michael Pineda, Francisco Cervelli and Kevin Youkilis are just a few of the most productive names on the list. When they return, it will be like getting a few All-Stars at the trade deadline.
Third, they’ll definitely make a move at the deadline. I could see them pick up a starter, or perhaps even a first baseman. Lyle Overbay has played admirably, but if there’s a better offensive option available. I don’t think New York will hesitate to pick him up.
The Yankees’ season has looked bad for the past month, but they still have time to turn it around.