Via Ed Price -
Hideki Matsui couldn’t be a big part of the Yankees offense the past three World Series games because there was no DH for the games in Philadelphia.
As for Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira, what’s their excuse?
Actually, Teixeira was glad to offer up an excuse.
“Unfortunately, during these playoffs, it’s been tough to get into a rhythm,” Teixeira (hitting .172 in the postseason) said Tuesday before the Yankees worked out. “When you’re in a rhythm during the season, you’re going to fail seven out of 10 times. When you’re not in a rhythm, you’re going to fail a lot more than that. And unfortunately for me, that’s kind of been the case right now.”
Oh, so it’s all those off days in the postseason schedule. Even though the Yankees played five of the past six days.
Funny, Derek Jeter, Jayson Werth and Chase Utley don’t seem bothered.
“I’m not going to make any excuses, because everyone’s got to deal with it,” Teixeira went on, before returning to his excuse. “But it hasn’t been easy. It definitely hasn’t been easy.
“You have more time so you watch more tape, you take more batting practice. Maybe that works against you, I don’t know. Maybe during the season when you’re a little tired, when you just kind of just go out there and play the game because you’ve played 20 games in a row, your natural ability just takes over.”
So, of course, Teixeira was the first one in the indoor batting cage Tuesday and, according to hitting coach Kevin Long, took even more swings than he has lately.
And then, there’s that darn postseason schedule again.
“I don’t make excuses, I’m not going to make excuses, because everyone has to deal with it,” Teixeira said. “But being a switch-hitter, being a guy that kind of lives off hot streaks, lives off rhythm, it doesn’t help.
“Over a 162-game schedule, the approach that I’ve had my entire career has always worked. When you play a game here, a day off, two games, day off, four days off — sometimes that approach doesn’t work.”
Cano has definitely been chasing, and he admitted it.
“I feel I was a little off,” he said. “I was trying to hit everything way out front, not waiting. I feel much better right now.”
Cano did hit the ball hard a couple of times in Game 5, including a single to center.
Of course, the message from Yankees fans, now, to Tex and Cano is…just do it.