It has not been a pleasant seven months for the New York Yankees as they are in grave danger of missing out of the MLB postseason for the second time in almost 20 years. Many are forecasting doom for the Bronx Bombers simply because they can not stay healthy, but does manager Joe Girardi have something up his sleeve for 2013.
In 2012 the Yankees led the league with 245 home runs and nearly 194 of those are not going to be on the opening day roster. After losing Nick Swisher, Russell Martin and Raul Ibanez to free agency the Yanks will have to find a way to make up for their missing sluggers. If losing their offensive firepower was not enough, New York also lost reliable closer Rafael Soriano to the Washington Nationals this offseason.
Hopefully the Yankees wont need Soriano as Mariano Rivera is finally healthy after tearing his ACL last June–Rivera announced he will be retiring after the 2013 season, so maybe that could be some added motivation for 24 other guys on the Yankees roster. As bad as I would like to see Rivera ride off into the sunset, I don’t think his “last ride” will end the same way that Ray Lewis’ did with the Baltimore Ravens.
It’s extremely hard to have faith in this team when they will be opening the season without Derek Jeter for the first time since 2001. Jeter is “captain clutch” and without the famous number two at shortstop it will be an uphill battle for the entire infield. The good news for the Yankees is that the injuries to Phil Hughes, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira are not supposed to keep them out past the month of June, so hopefully they can bounce back in time for the Yanks to make a run.
Counting the Yankees out is probably one of the dumbest things you can do, but with all things considered I think it’s safe to pencil this team out of the playoffs in 2013.