By Dominic Lancella on August 15, 2014
The season isn’t over yet, but it has been a struggle to say the least for the New York Yankees. It has been the first season without legendary closer Mariano Rivera and the last one with captain Derek Jeter. Amidst everything, the year hasn’t exactly gone the way manager Joe Girardi planned. Here are five huge disappointments from New York’s 2014 campaign.
Last year Kuroda had a chance at the AL Cy Young until he finished with a 1-7 record in his last 10 starts. His brilliance in the beginning of last season made for high expectations this year, but Kuroda hasn’t delivered. He’s the only starter from opening day who hasn’t missed time to injury, but his play has been a disappointment. His 7-8 record and ERA of 4.03 is not what Yankee fans were hoping for in what may be Kuroda's final season.
Pineda had been a Yankee for about two years before throwing a single pitch in pinstripes due to injury. He finally got healthy for this season and looked good in April until he was caught with pine tar in Boston, earning himself a 10-game suspension. He very literally added insult to injury as he landed himself on the 60-day DL while training during the suspension. The incident is certainly one of New York’s biggest disappointments this year.
Every team goes through injuries at some point during a 162-game season, but it was hard to foresee what happened to the Yanks’ starting pitching. C.C. Sabathia and Ivan Nova were lost for the season months ago, and Masahiro Tanaka’s chances of returning look slim. Pineda returned this week and looked impressive in his first start, but however you look at it, this could have been a very different year if they had these starters all season long.
The Yanks spent a lot of money to bring Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran to the Bronx, but they haven’t lived up to their talent level or their paycheck. The offense as a whole has been agonizing for most of the season, but these three guys have had below average seasons offensively that are hard to explain. The talent is there, but they need to perform better.
There’s a chance that New York makes a run at the second Wild Card spot, but it’s starting to look like Jeter’s last season will end without a playoff run. Missing the playoffs in his last season would be a gigantic disappointment. You can’t blame the captain, as he’s done his part, but it will still be a shame. It happened last year when they missed the postseason in Rivera’s last year, and it looks like it will happen to Jeter this year.
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