Tuesday, April 28, 2009

So, you're not exactly feelin' it, eh?

Pete Abe, our LoHud of the Rings beat writer, has some pretty honest opinions about this Yanks team:

But bringing back a 33-year-old former steroids user with a bad hip isn’t going to solve the problem of the Yankees looking like a company softball team at times. When you see Jacoby Ellsbury steal home or Curtis Granderson lay down a perfect bunt to start a rally, it’s a reminder of how old and slow the Yankees can look.

This team has good pitching and over time, that pitching will produce. Even the bullpen. But already we’re seeing sore knees (Hideki Matsui), sore shoulders (Johnny Damon) and Jorge Posada running down to first base like he’s pulling U-Haul trailer behind him. Derek Jeter let a groundball up the middle score a run today. By now you’re used to that.

Their “young and athletic” guys are Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera. Cano is 13 of 27 on stolen bases in his career and Melky was benched last summer.

Other teams can make things happen at the plate or in the field. The Yankees seem to have no choice but to wait and hope something does. Their roster is so top heavy with aging and expensive players that an injury or two throws everything off.
Yeah, so that's not good, right?


Bill said...

WOW do people hate A-Rod! No, I suppose if they just went out and found any old 33 year-old former steroids user with a bad hip, that wouldn't solve much, but bringing back one of the three or four best players in baseball might...

Brian said...

Abraham is such a hack. Let me know when stolen bases has ever made an impact on a season.

Have fun bunting Curtis Granderson to a winning season, Jim Leyland.

Mark the Spark said...

Besides Elsbury, who exactly is considered above average athletically in Boston's lineup? Ortiz, Lowell, Youkilis, Pedroia, Jason Bay, Varitek?

Yes, Arod does have a bad hip but Lowell who plays 3rd base for the Sox also has a bad hip.

The steal of home was a great play by Elsbury but let's not get carried away. It doesn't prove that the Red Sox are so much younger & faster than the Yanks.

dinologic (Dean D) said...

Yeah, I'd have to agree that while the author made some valid points, he's not totally on the mark. The skills and talent of this team is not the problem, per se. It's the mindset. I don't know what they can do to change it but they have to do something.