Via Anthony McCarron -
To the Yankees, over-the-wall ball has always trumped small ball, dating back to Babe Ruth and Five O’Clock Lightning. But in a young season in which they are scoring an eye-popping 62.3% of their runs via home runs, the Yanks intend to prove they are more than a limited lineup that simply swings for the fences.
“There’s no question we have other weapons,” Brian Cashman says. “It’s just the guys who aren’t the big home-run hitters – the (Derek) Jeters, the (Brett) Gardners – they are not firing on all cylinders right now, so it feels like the only way we score is home runs.
“Jeter is not hitting up to his ability, (Curtis) Granderson is not hitting for average and Gardner is struggling mightily. Those guys are our foot soldiers and since they are not firing, it makes us look one-dimensional. No biggie. We’re capable of running you down, hitting, hitting the ball over the fence.
“We have full capabilities. We just haven’t shown it yet.”
And, what if they don’t show it? What happens then?