It’s rare that you see the New York Yankees struggle on offense. This was the big story all through the offseason — that the Yankees would have no offensive production after losing Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Derek Jeter to various injuries.
However, at first, it looked like New York might make actually it through the season and actually excel at the plate: in April, designated hitter Travis Hafner was hitting .318 with six homers and 17 RBI’s and left fielder Vernon Wells was hitting .300 with six home runs and 13 RBI’s. Since then, their production has dropped off significantly to the tune of .217 and .237 current averages, respectively. Certainly not what you’re looking for out of your three and four hitters.
The Yankees will be getting some help on offense with the returns of Jeter and Rodriguez, but I’m not sure that these two guys alone will be enough. Both are aging veterans, and there’s no guarantee that they will put up the same kind of numbers that we’ve come to expect from them.
The solution is to acquire a good hitter at the deadline. I think that New York should definitely pursue a power hitting first baseman that they could insert into the middle of the lineup right away. I was thinking Paul Konerko from the struggling Chicago White Sox. This team might be looking to rebuild, and would therefore love to shed a veteran contract that the Yankees would eat.
I think that the only way the Yankees can start to win again is if they get some help on offense.