New York Yankees Need Help

By Arthur Dowell
Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

A game on Tuesday that most people would consider exciting was downright awful for the New York Yankees. Starting first baseman Mark Teixeira came out and said “if you are a fan, you should get your money back.”

The Yankees did erase a six-run deficit, but again, lacked the pitching, defense, and timely hitting needed to win baseball games. They are in the midst of a four-game losing streak. In all four games, they have given up at least six runs.

The pitching is showing its flaws. Injuries to the starting rotation has been the headline for the first half of the season for the team. 60 percent of the starting pitchers they took to Opening Day are now on the DL, and the team will likely not see C.C. Sabathia or Michael Pineda until after the all-star break.

The inexperience from pitchers Vidal Nuno and Chase Whitley have shown all along, and the Yankees need to explore options to take pressure off of Masahiro Tanaka and Hiroki Kuroda.

The defense has been better than what the team has been showing lately. According to MLB, the Yankees are 12th in the league in fielding percentage, but that does not calculate the mental errors they have been making. In Tuesday’s game, they only recorded one error that happened to be the game-winner for the Toronto Blue Jays, but fans can see they just are not themselves right now.

One of the biggest turning points was when Derek Jeter double-pumped and let the bases become loaded, and tried chasing Colby Rasmus back to first base on the next play, allowing three runs to score on what should have been a two-run single.

The age is also showing. Injuries are one thing, but when players are showing inconsistency, that becomes a headache for manager Joe Girardi. Not one everyday starter is hitting over .300, and Teixeira is leading the team in home runs (13) and RBI (36) and despite spending time on the DL. Numbers like that just will not get the job done, especially from hitters at the top or middle of the order.

The answer may not be addressed by this season’s trade deadline. An answer or two may come by then, but the team has so many holes, it could take years for them to look like a championship team again. They have flaws in all three aspects to the game of baseball, and the team is not getting any younger.

At this rate, expect the Yankees, who are third in the division and fifth in the Wild Card race, to not be playing baseball beyond September. The fans and front office will not let the summer heat cool off if that is what happens to the team. It’s such a shame to go out that way as one of the winningest players in baseball history is set to retire.

Arthur Dowell is a Yankees writer for Follow him on Twitter @a24dowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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