Early Season Brings Both Good and Bad News For New York Yankees
Typically if your 3B position is netting you both the highest batting average on the club and the most power this is considered good news. If those numbers are coming from two different people, however, not so much. For the New York Yankees, Yangervis Solarte so far has been revelatory, batting 426 and driving in seven, although little in his background suggests he has true star potential and is of course no replacement for a statistical, and probably eventual, (you read that right) Hall of Famer like Alex Rodriguez.
Kelly Johnson, who historically has been played 2B and left-field, leads the club in home runs from the 3B position with two. As Johnson is typically good for 15-20 homers a year, this bodes very badly for a club that just signed Carlos Beltran, who now in his late 30s, is starting to resemble a player in his late 30s. None of this was entirely unexpected, however. The club has changed drastically over the years, and as veterans like Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano continue to fade, that does not figure to restore the past “Bomber” glory anytime soon.
Luckily the starting pitching, particularly the duo of Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka, has been more than sufficient to keep the club in most games. However, like most clubs struggling to develop an identity, holes appear in the staff. David Robertson, pegged to take over for future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, is already on the shelf with a groin injury, and the aging but historically reliable C.C. Sabathia is struggling to touch 90 with his fastball and seems to be fading fast.
Still these are the Yankees, and the Yankees do not sit around and do nothing. GM Brian Cashman will fill holes if at all possible, so if the pitching can solidify and Sabathia can regain some old form, the club may still have a shot at playoff contention.