Well That Sucked
5 straight losses. 2 to the Bosox, 3 to the Rays. Phil Hughes lost. Joba lost. AJ Burnett lost. Andy lost. It was a really forgettable week. Joba struck out 12 in 5.1 innings, but that was about the highlight of the string of losses. They then won one behind CC but are in the process of losing today as I write.
Today’s probable loss will put them at 14-16, 2 games below .500. What’s becoming evident about this team as with the team last year is that they just don’t like they’re capable of going on a hot streak where they win 6 or 7 in a row, and do it a couple times before July which is what they need to get back above .500 and stay there. In a nutshell, they need 2 weeks of all-wins to make up for a week of all-losses and get back on a 95-win pace, which is what they’ll need just to sniff the post-season.
Guess Who’s Back?
In amongst all the losses, You-know-who came back and sent the first pitch over the wall. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Alex Rodriguez! As he was meant to be. He said he didn’t take steroids as a teen. Beyond which he said he wasn’t going to address Selena Roberts’ book. At this point in time, it’s probably a good call. The return of A-Rod’s bat is probably the best news this week.
Injury Plagues More
Both Jorge Posada and Jose Molina have ended up on the DL. So, just as the Yankees make up the fall from A-Rod to a coterie of Ransom, Berroa and Pena, they get to los it in the drop from Posada-Molina to Cash-Cervelli. If the former was a 7 win drop, this is still like a 5 win drop. It sucks, believe you me.
Nady, Wang and Bruney are still out. It’s like a MASH unit again with Posada and Molina out.
Meanwhile Ian Kennedy at AAA got diagnosed with an aneurism in the arm and went under the knife. It’s notable on this list because the pitching has been atrocious and anything that depletes the depth is bad. It means that if Wang is out and Phil Hughes keeps stringing bad starts, they might have to look past Kennedy to look at Kei Igawa. Most fans don’t want another Igawa start in pinstripes ever again.
Not only did Phil Hughes lose against the Sawx, he took a shellacking today. I don’t know about you, but it seems the guy dominates AAA only to get hit hard at the major level. He does throw in a couple of good starts, so clearly he can pitch at the major level. Maybe he’s tipping his pitches? Maybe he’s being tentative? Maybe the jump from AAA to AL East is much bigger than we think? Whatever the case I hope he puts it together by the next start, if not now.
Derek Jeter And His declining BABIP
Derek Jeter is hitting .260 or so with a .770 OPS. His BABIP is sitting at .290 as of this writing. That’s about 80 points short of his career level, but when you go look at the fangraphs of BABIP over the years, you see a steady decline in the last 4 seasons. It’s either the case that the short stop position is catching up to his legs, or that there’s something different in his swing – he’s hit 4 HRs to date with an ISO of .150 which is uncharacteristic at this point.
Or it could just bee that he’s been a little unlucky again and this will all correct itself as the season progresses. I don’t know, but I just thought I’d mention it here.