This Offense Is Offensive

There’s no need to sugarcoat it anymore.  It’s a scientific fact at this point, why try holding out hope that it’s going to turn around?  This offense sucks.  It sucks and it sucks hard.  Whether you want to blame ownership, Cashman, or both, we can all be unified in agreement that this performance from the lineup night in and night out is just pathetic.  Each game brings a new low, and the numbers and anecdotes to prove it are starting to get frightening.  Reid Brignac isn’t OPSing CC’s playing weight.  Vernon Wells may have inadvertently started the takeover of the machines.  Francisco Cervelli is the team wOBA leader right now, by a wide margin, and he hasn’t played a game since April 26th.  Alberto Gonzalez is statistically the team’s best offensive shortstop.

The rest of the roster hasn’t been holding up its end of the deal as well as it was earlier in the season, but this lineup is so inept that the team is basically done as soon as they give up 3 runs these days.  …

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Keeping The Good Ship Yankee Afloat

The Yankees picked up a win yesterday afternoon, salvaging a small piece of pride from this West Coast trip and giving themselves something to build on for the next homestand.  As was the case during their recent losing streak, they won in rather frustrating fashion, getting out early and coasting through 8 innings before watching their bullpen aces almost give away a 6-run lead in the 9th.  Had they lost that game we’d be looking at a threat level red meltdown this morning, so it was nice to avoid that.  It’s also nice to know that, despite the brutal offensive performance and continued injury problems, the Yanks come home just 2 games back in the loss column in the AL East and tied for the 2nd Wild Card spot.

The “just tread water until the regulars come back” plan has fallen apart rapidly with the return trips to the DL for C-Grand and Kevin Youkilis and Teix’s latest setback with his wrist, and now the Yanks are looking at Francisco Cervelli as the new earliest guy back sometime after the All Star Break.  …

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First Rough Stretch Officially Reached

Nix E vs NYM

Well here we are.  The low point of the season to date has been reached.  The Yankees wake up this morning losers of 4 straight games, games they were outscored 21-9 in, and 6 of their last 8.  They’ve looked absolutely putrid in those 4 games, on the mound, at the plate, and in the field.  For the first time this season they have the appearance and accompanying performance of the cobbled together, replacement-level mess they were expected to be.  The quick gust of wind that was blown in the team’s sails when Curtis Granderson returned to the lineup has been snuffed out by his re-injury, and tonight the boys will try to wake up out of their funk in time to not get swept out of town by the effing Mets.

The results aren’t even as frustrating as the level of play that’s created them.  When a team, even the Mets, beats your best pitchers for 1-run wins you just tip your cap and move on.  …

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The Yankees’ Wild 2013 Ride Keeps Rolling Along

Nix Overbay vs KC

Today should be fun, huh?  After starting off their “8 in 7″ road trip with a 2-1 series win in Colorado and a 3-game sweep in KC, the surging Yankees will stop off in Cleveland today on their way back home for a doubleheader to make up for last month’s rainouts.  They were 2-4 when they first came to Cleveland 5 weeks ago and used the first 2 games of that series to kickstart their season, winning both by a combined score of 25-7.  Since then the Yanks have gone 19-9, ascended to the top of the division, and silenced nearly all the critics who said they’d be done after suffering their rash of ST injuries, this extended stretch of success being driven by some of the players most expected to flop as full-time injury replacements.  Now they’ll come back to where the season really started, even more injured and worn down than they were last time, and they’ll do it with a 5-game winning streak in their pocket.…

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Buster Olney’s Keys To The Yankees’ Season Are Accurate, Surprisingly Predictable

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

I’m a Buster Olney fan.  I think he’s one of the best baseball reporters in the business, if not the best, and take his information and thoughts on the Yankees more seriously than probably any other beat writer or MSM reporter...

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How Are We Supposed To Feel As Yankee Fans Right Now?

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

I was really looking forward to this post.  I was fully prepared to write a Kate Hudson in “Almost Famous”-style, “it’s all happening” post about the recent turnaround and positive momentum the Yankees were building at the right time as they...

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Some Stretch Run Concerns

September hasn't been nearly as kind to Hiroki as August was. Courtesy of the AP

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

I’ve already thrown a Grade-A AB4AR jinx on the Yankees’ playoff hopes...

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Let’s Take A Minute And Reset The Landscape

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

July was a bit of an eventful month, huh?  The Yankees ended it on a very rough 3-9 streak that saw them lose 6 games by 1 run right after starting the month 10-4 and looking like they were going to...

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