Since May 22, the Yanks have just two HR from righty hitters—Jayson Nix (who has just 2 HR all year, amazingly off of Verlander and Darvish) and Mark Teixeira. Teix is done for the year.
It goes to show how weak they are from the right side and also how much Vernon Wells has tanked.
They miss Jeter and A-Rod. Well, A-Rod’s bat and not the B.S. that comes with A-Rod.
But when you think about it, they also miss Russell Martin. You can say they miss Cervelli, who was doing well before his injury, but with him and A-Rod, you don’t know about the Biogenesis thing. (I read a report where Nolan Ryan stated that Biogenesis would be a long drawn out affair).
Anyway, back to Martin. Ok, he isn’t lighting it up with the first-place Pirates (I had to write that since it’s been so long—-1992 since they had a winning season—first-place Pirates). .250-8-28. But besides Wells who has tanked, name me another righty power threat on this team? Not Nix, not Stewart (3) nor Adams or Romine both of whom are under .200. Others either are injured (Youk–out for year, Nunez) or tanked and got released (Francisco, Chris Nelson). Thomas Neal didn’t get too many at bats, and neither has Alberto Gonzalez—not that you’d expect much from them anyway.
But with no righty threat in the lineup, days like yesterday, where Holland, a lefty, threw a two-hit shutout at them, will be normal days.
They miss a righty power threat, and the more you watch, the more you wonder if letting Martin go was a mistake.
Granted they have young catchers on the horizon. It’s too soon to give up on Romine, but he hasn’t hit a lick. They have J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez and Pete O’Brien on the horizon.
But maybe they should have kept Martin for a year or two more.
Yes, I haven’t forgotten that Martin hit .237 in 2011 and .211 last year. Not only that, but he spent most of last year under .200.
But his OPS+ right now is 119. Right now that’d place him second on the Yanks behind only Cano.
Who’s second right now? Gardner.
No offense to Brett the Jet, but maybe that’s all you need to know.