Ah, the “perfect storm” application…via Peter Botte -
“We’re just not playing good baseball right now and when you’re playing professional teams you have a chance to lose a number of games,” [Brian] Cashman said Monday. “I think it’s just been a number of different things right now going wrong all at once.
“Our starting pitching out of the gate, for the month of April, was terrific. The last two turns, they haven’t been as good, and coinciding with a number of injuries and some guys not hitting that are healthy, it’s a lot of different things adding up to us not playing as well as we can play… . April went really well for us, but May obviously hasn’t been as kind.”
“Am I concerned about (Teixeira)? No. Do we need to get him going, along with other guys? Yeah,” Cashman said. “He’ll hit, it’s just that he’s obviously fighting through it right now. That’s the ebb and flow of the game. He’ll find himself, and when he does, he’ll take off.”
Hey, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira haven’t done well, so far, this season. And, losing Jorge Posada’s bat hurts. But, overall, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher have batted well. Brett Gardner wasn’t supposed to be counted on this season – all that much. So, he’s out of the picture. And, this brings us to Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson – two guys that Cashman brought in, who, to date, have not helped the Yankees. (At least Granderson still has a chance.)
To date, this season, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, overall, have been just better than league average. Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes have been great – until lately. Javier Vazquez, who Cashman brought in, despite his last two starts, overall, to this point, has been a bust.
The Yankees bullpen has experienced ups and downs this season, so far. And, losing Alfredo Aceves has hurt the team. But, two of the worst pitchers in the Yankees pen, so far this season, have been Boone Logan and Chan Ho Park. Again, two guys who Cashman brought in this season. (David Robertson, it should be noted, has been not good so far this season too.)
If Cashman wants to talk about “things going wrong all at once,” then he should talk about Curtis Granderson, Nick Johnson, Javy Vazquez, Boone Logan and Chan Ho Park. And, while he’s at it, he can talk about another one of his additions this season: Randy Winn. These six players that Cashman brought in this season have all gone wrong at once too, no?