Saturday, May 14, 2011

Yankees lose third straight

The New York Yankees are not playing very good baseball right now.  They lost their third straight and have lost seven out of their last 10 games.  They aren't hitting at all and the defense has been very poor.  The pitching hasn't been bad at all for the most part.  It is amazing to me though that they have so many guys not hitting at the same time.  Curtis Granderson is about the only guy that is hitting, Brett Gardner has picked it up but is still barely over 260.  Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Russell Martin coming into tonight are all in slumps.  This lineup should not be held down for too long but it has been about two weeks where they have not hit for the most part.  The more alarming thing is the defense, they are making too many physical and mental errors that are costing them games.  Cano mishandled what would of been a double play ball tonight in the seventh, you don't know what would happen after but it could of been two outs and no one on and instead it turned into a big inning for the Red Sox.  I don't know what the answer is, defense just has to work itself out but the lineup maybe could be changed around a little bit.  The best thing for the Yankees would be if Jeter would move down but I don't think that is happening.  I would put Swisher back in the two hole and see how he responds, he really liked it there last year.  Jeter can continue to leadoff, I would really think about moving Cano up to third and dropping Teixeira to fifth in the lineup.  I think Granderson could bat sixth and have Posada, Martin and Gardner at the bottom of the lineup. 

The Pitching hasn't been much of a concern and Phil Hughes is rehabbing and it looks like he could be back next month which is a good sign.  Hughes could really help this team if he is right and you can never have enough pitching.  It is amazing to me how the fans really got on Joba Chamberlain tonight, he has pitched so well lately and he has one bad outing and it could of been different if Cano caught the ball cleanly and turned an easy double play. 

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