Inconsistency Will Keep New York Yankees Out Of 2014 Playoffs
Consistency is something that every team looking to contend for a championship has to have. Unfortunately for the New York Yankees, that consistency on offense has not been there all season, and it may be what holds the team back from competing in the postseason.
The Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon in large part due to offensive inconsistency, as the team was blanked 2-0. Granted, the Yankees’ rotation was able to hold the Blue Jays in check as Jose Bautista provided the only runs of the game in the first inning, but seeing New York not able to even put up a fight in the runs column is concerning, especially since some of the players on the team, including outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, were turning it around in the month of August and were looking to help shortstop Derek Jeter get into the playoffs in his final season in pinstripes.
The Yankees were able to muster up just one hit all day, which is not the kind of offensive firepower fans want to see out of their team with September right around the corner. If the Yankees want to compete and compete now, they must become more focused at the plate and have to put more balls in play. In every inning during the game, at least one Yankee player struck out. Now that is a statistic that is simply unacceptable in the MLB. These players are being paid millions of dollars to at least put the ball in play. A few strikeouts are one thing, but strikeouts every inning? Unacceptable.
The Yankees have faced these struggles all season, and it does not look like the problems at the plate are going to go away anytime soon. If the Yankees do not find a way to get it together, then they will be sitting at home come October.