Moving on

For the Yankees, in realistic terms, it means that the bullpen is one inning weaker. But also being realistic, the bullpen is the one area that can afford the hit. Even one inning weaker for the Yankee bullpen means a very strong unit out there. If push came to shove, Phil Hughes could easily make up that inning. Of course, we will have to debate the issue of sticking with Hughes in the rotation first. Much more pressing are the injuries to the outfield that have put the Yankees in a roster bind and have caused them to use far inferior players both defensively and offensively for the last week and for who knows how much longer.

In a long season, three straight losses is a drop in the proverbial bucket. A hot streak can erase such things from memory. What is perhaps being exposed is a team that lacks depth in position players. Perhaps only Joe Girardi and Tim McCarver may believe in Eduardo Nunez‘s potential. Eric Chavez is out. So the Yankees are left with the Jayson Nix players of the world. Creaky Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez in the outfield are exposed for what they are after watching Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner consistently make the plays out there. We are talking about role players suddenly having to be sole players. It doesn’t work.

Losing Mariano Rivera certainly bites. It bites as a fan and it bites for his lost inning of work. But of greater concern is the continued struggles of Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano who cannot take up the slack of having to use inferior players when other regulars go down. There are continued concerns with the rotation, this current roster problem and the so-far, total absence of Cano doing what Cano usually does. But does Rivera’s injury and these other concerns bring panic? Of course not. This is a strong and talented team that will still win its share of games. Mid-season moves will be made. There is no sense kicking the chair until the team is mathematically eliminated in September. And it is way too early to believe that will ever happen.

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

About William Tasker

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

9 thoughts on “Moving on

  1. In my public communications facilities to the rest of the world (e.g. Facebook), I've only ever said two things that could remotely be considered "religious" in nature:

    "Merry Christmachanukwanzakah"

    and

    "In Mo We Trust"

    This one's going to take a little bit longer to get through, I think. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone there, either…

  2. What you said; a fellow fan just posted OMG OMG OMG….. last nite. My immediate worry was that we lost Alex, or Jeter, or Granderson. I was actually relieved to find out it was Mo.

    While I'll miss the heck out of watching Mo in a close game, it would have been far worse to lose any of those three…

    or Martin…or Cano, or even light-hitting Tex. Because, as poorly as they are playing right now, the replacement options are far worse.

  3. I'm concerned that Robertson's talents will now be wasted protecting 3-run leads in the 9th instead of getting out of tough situations in the 8th…which now falls to Soriano, I presume.

    Here's to hoping that Girardi does what the Nationals did when Drew Storen went down: keep the effective 8th inning guy (Tyler Clippard) in place, and shift someone else tot he closers role.

  4. I'm concerned that Robertson's talents will now be wasted protecting 3-run leads in the 9th instead of getting out of tough situations in the 8th.

    … or the 7th, or the 7th and the 8th.