The New York Yankees‘ offense finally came alive Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals to snap a three-game skid. The wounded Yankees lineup had been desperate for offense over the past few days, scoring just one run in each of the three previous losses. On Wednesday, it all came together, though, as Ivan Nova went eight strong innings with little trouble, afforded with a comfortable lead for most of the game.
Robinson Cano‘s bat stayed hot with a three-run homer in the third inning and the Yankees cruised from there. Lyle Overbay added a grand slam in the sixth to pull away, and the crowd in the Bronx was finally satisfied. Three consecutive home losses had Yankee fans uneasy. The bounce back was much needed.
Without Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez in the lineup, it’s pivotal that the Yankees stay afloat and avoid extended slumps. When the offense stops producing it’s hard to tell if and when it’ll pick back up again. Minus the safety blanket of veteran sluggers that the Yankees are used to, their lineup becomes just as vulnerable as any team in the league. Thus, a quick bounce back before the all-star break could be incredibly helpful. With four more games standing between the Yankees and almost a full week off, an offensive resurgence could have them in pretty good shape heading into the second half of the season. Considering the circumstances, of course.
With Jeter, Granderson, and Rodriguez eyeing returns by the end of July, it’s certainly possible for the Yankees to get things going before postseason play. Obviously there’s no guarantee that any of the three will be as effective as they once were, but their return makes the lineup more threatening at the very least. Wednesday’s win was a big one to pull the Yankees out of a bad slump, and the fans were able to take a quick sigh of relief afterwards. The Yankee bats aren’t completely dead after all.