Mike and were chatting about the Yanks, and we thought it might be interesting to bring the conversation over to the blog.
Mike: You know what's not great, the Yankees' play lately.
Larry: I'm trying to remind myself that as frustrating as they've been, (a) It's still only May; (b) They're missing 1/3 of their starting lineup; and (c) the pitchers, while due for a regression, have all been atrocious and aren't this bad.
MJR: Yeah, but Alex Rodriguez has a SLG below .500. Derek Jeter is terrible. And Mark Teixeira is still hitting .200.
LK: Those are also problems.
MJR: And Brett Gardner is regressing, too.
LK: I think the bigger concern is Tex right now.
MJR: I've been saying this.
LK: Rod's been putting some good swings/at-bats together. Tex just looks lost out there.
MJR: I believe that with A-Rod the numbers will be there by the end of the month. I believe Tex may have serious problems with his approach right now.
LK: As fun as the .400 wOBA verson of Gardner was, we were deluding ourselves to think that he was actually that level of player.
MJR: You're absolutely right
LK: As I said yesterday, Carl Crawford definitely has his house wired for sound to play the cash register noise with each BG out.
MJR: Well, maybe I'm eating my words come year end.
LK: I mean it's valid to have concerns. The team is in fairly rough shape right now.
MJR: They're playing bad baseball.
LK: But all it takes is rattling off a few wins to get everyone feeling good again.
MJR: However, they did this last year too, but it came in June.
LK: Yeah man.
MJR: Remember when we lost two out of three to the Nats?
LK: Of course.
MJR: A-Rod was benched. And so on.
LK: The low point of the season was the following series against the Braves, when the Yanks fell to only six games over .500. After that they were never that low again.
LK: I know we as Yankee fans expect the world and freak out when they start sucking.
MJR: I try not to.
LK: But I think we need to give until at least July before we start pressing the panic button.
MJR: When a team will be as good as often as the Yanks its important to accept the bad.
LK: Well, yes.
MJR: Tex does worry me, though. He started surging in early May, and then he stopped hitting altogether. How long until he gets moved down in the order?
LK: I agree, that's a big problem right now. Last night on Twitter Rebecca from This Purist Bleeds Pinstripes asked Jack Curry whether Girardi might consider dropping Tex. Curry said he didn't think so, and that Girardi would prefer that he hit his way out of it.
MJR: Which is Girardi's style
LK: Problem with that is, he's basically an automatic out every time until he does start hitting.
MJR: Yeah. He's not drawing walks or anything.
LK: Between Tex's slump, the bottom of the order doing its best NL impression, and even the guys who you expect to get hits all sucking at the same time, it's actually kind of amazing they've even scored any runs.
MJR: I've been saying this for a while.
LK: Although it also helps explain why they've been doing such little damage in innings 1-7
and then staging these mini-rallies in the 8th and 9th.
MJR: Yeah, they've been playing games backward.
LK: Well they've been facing superior pitching.
MJR: That's true
LK: The Yanks' MO has always been to wear the starter down and get to the bullpen, only now when they get to the bullpen, their own starter has been putting 'em in a four- or five-run hole, and they don't have the depth to climb out.
MJR: It was naive to think that all the pitchers would have sub-2 ERAs
LK: I mean, yeah. No one thought that. It was nice for a few weeks there
MJR: But no one analyzed how the team was winning so much either. As you said, they bust out a few wins in a row and all this is ancient history.
LK: They were getting a series of historically great starts. At least, historical in the sense that none of those pitchers had ever performed that well before; not historical in the context of all of baseball.