Fairly recently the New York Yankees have been proving a point to the rest of MLB, and it is certainly not a good one. On Sunday they proved it again as they collapsed in epic fashion in which the bullpen gave up six runs in the ninth inning. The team posted a measly count of three hits as the former Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes walked out of the Bronx with a win against his old club.
Just to put into perspective how much the Yankees’ offense has struggled lately, 1B Mark Teixeira is the team’s current home run leader and has missed over a third of the season due to various injuries. Missing sluggers like Teixeira and Carlos Beltran haven’t helped the team’s cause at all, but they should be getting a little more power than they have from the lineup.
To make matters worse, New York’s pitching staff is in shambles at the moment — the only pitcher in the rotation worth his salt is Masahiro Tanaka. The injuries to Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia have only compounded the Yankees’ troubles. There appears to be no timetable for the injured duo’s return, so the Yankees could be in trouble for the foreseeable future.
The only way the team will be able to pick itself up through this current rough patch will be with generating base runners and run scoring production. The team has lost nine of the last 13 games in the Bronx, proving that they haven’t been able to take advantage of the hitter-friendly dimensions of the field.
While the Yankees rank in the top 15 in major offensive categories, recent performances hint that the offense might be fading fast. New York looks incredibly vulnerable right now as the team’s weaknesses are starting to show through. If they want any chance of surviving the current rough patch they are in, they will have to hope for inspired performances and timely hitting.