Anyone who reads Baseball America can tell you that (the Indians) Jeremy Sowers is a very promising young pitcher. So, I’m torn on the outcome of this game (from the Yankees fan perspective).
First, throw out Wang’s effort. He got some pitches up. Still, even if he only allowed 2 runs tonight, the Yankees are not going to win this game. Again, it’s the Yankees offense that was the game-breaker in this loss.
Ok, back to the source of my Imbruglia agita. Was tonight just a matter of Sowers’ talent? Or, is it just the Yankees being as bad, still, now, as they were for most of June? Maybe the offensive explosion from last night was less Yankees goodness and more the sucky-ness of the Mets’ starter Olay O-lay Soler?
If I had to make a call on this now, with all due respect for young Mr. Sowers, I have to say that this evening is just the Yankees continuing to struggle to score runs.
And, it may get worse. Take a look at Bernie Williams since June 21st. His batting average is close to a hundred. Around 5 weeks ago, I said “Forget what I said in December. Bernie’s not washed up. He can help this team in some ways.” But, in reality, maybe Bernie, this year, is Tino Martinez from last year?
Remember last season? Tino was supposed to be a glove-caddy at 1B. But, he got a bunch of playing time early in the year and hit better than anyone expected. And, it was a Tino-love-fest at the Stadium. Sounds just like Bernie this year, right? And, how did Tino do in the second-half last year? We could be seeing the same thing happening now with Bernie.
And, if Bernie is going to be a dud, then the Yankees are left with just one outfielder who’s going to hit. That’s not going to help the Yankees offense be better.
Speaking of which, notice that Todd Hollandsworth went deep against the Yankees tonight? That’s the second time (this year) that he’s busted up a game for the Yankees with a long ball. I told you back in December of last year that he could be a useful bench player. Looking at the Yankees’ corner outfielders the last month, I would now say that he would have been a very useful bench player for New York.
He would be a lot better than Bubba Crosby and Kevin Reese.
You know, some say that it was the lack of a decent bench that cost the Yankees from winning the division, outright, last season. Are things any better this year? Are they worse?
For what it’s worth, this exact time, last year, I wrote:
This is the problem when you have three-quarters of your infield making ~$51 million, your outfield making ~$32 million, and four-fifths of your starting rotation making ~$59 million.
To fill out the rest of your team, you’re left to the Kevin Reeses, Wayne Franklins, Jason Andersons, Bubba Crosbys, Brad Voyles and Aaron Smalls of the world.
Sad, huh? But, get used to it. Yankees fans have another two years of this situation after this season.
What you see now from the Yankees – the inability to survive injury – just may be the state of the team for a while.