After a mediocre month of May, (13-12 so far), the Yanks come home to what they hope will be some cures.
Granderson should be back in the lineup. Russo did nice work while there, but an OF upgrade. I wonder who goes for Granderson. Probably Russo, but to be honest, I’d kind of like to keep Russo and DFA the so-far mostly unproductive Winn. It’s one thing that Winn isn’t hitting, (.213), but when he does get on, he isn’t even stealing (1 for 1; this from a guy with 210 in his career, 16 last year).
But then, Gardner has 17 SB. The team has 31. I know A-Jax and Damon aren’t here, but I wonder. Jeter had 30 last year. Just 4 for 5 this year. This from a guy with 309. Derek’s numbers have been erratic the last few years. Since 2004, 23-14-34-15-11-30 and on pace for 14. Alex has just 2 SB. He is on pace for 7. This from a guy with 299. Who once was a 40-40 guy. Alex’s Yankee numbers are (since 2004, same timeframe as Jeter) 28-21-15-24-18-14 and a pace for 7). Age? Injuries? Why aren’t they running?
Yes, no Damon. Matsui we know couldn’t run and Nick Johnson can’t (that is, when he is healthy). Other guys cannot run. If guys who can steal aren’t stealing (Winn, Jeter, Alex), then Gardner is left alone. Pena doesn’t play enough, same for Golson (when up). As for Damon in Detroit, he is just 3 for 4 this year. Last year with the Yanks? 12 for 12. But more indication of some guys not running.
In case you are wondering, Austin Jackson is 7 for 8 for the Tigers in SB (and has a whopping 53 K’s despite his .335 BA) and Melky is at 1 for 2 in SB (and hitting .235).
So Damon / Melky haven’t been turning on the jets either, just in case you were wondering what they’d have done had they stayed in the Bronx. Matsui, who can’t run, is struggling at .238. Just so you know.
Granderson hopefully improves the defense (no more Thames in LF, for example). More speed out there with he and Gardner (moving back to LF). Granderson was 4 for 4 in SB before he went down. Granted only .225, but those 4 SB mean that even though he was out, that he is STILL tied with Jeter for second on the team right now.
Hopefully home cooking and a more favorable schedule will heat up the Yanks. Some bats have to wake up, notably Alex and Teixeira. We’ve been saying that for a while, now.
Between now and June 14, there are sixteen games. Ten at home. Those games are against the Indians, Orioles, Blue Jays and Astros. The Yanks goal should be at least 12-4. They are 4 1/2 back of the Rays. Time to make up ground. We will see on June 14 if the Yanks have accomplished anything over the next 16 games.
Now is the time to make a move.
After 47 games, some paces:
Jeter. On pace for .283 (which would be the lowest of his career)-18-97. He has only had one 100 RBI season in his career because of where he usually hits. Interesting pace of RBI considering that he bats leadoff. The 14 steals. 37 walks.
Teixeira. On pace for just 26 HR, but 103 RBI. Only .216.
Alex. On pace for just 21 HR but 110 RBI. Not bad, but where are the HR? .284. Just those 7 steals.
Cano. On pace for .342, 103 RBI and 31 HR.
Swisher. interesting with the .295 BA right now. 28-86. On target.
Gardner has been slumping, but if he finishes at .293 with 59 SB…I’ll take that.
Hopefully the return of Granderson and the schedule wakes up the lineup, and injects some speed back into it.
It is sorely needed. As Waldman pointed out, the last three wins have been by scores of 3-2, 1-0 and 2-1.