Derek Jeter. Jacoby Ellsbury. Mark Teixeira. If you were to read those names that appear in the Yankees’ lineup regularly to someone, they would tell you that those three names alone equal a dangerous lineup. However, the Yankees’ opponents haven’t been too scared off lately, as the offense has not been putting up the big numbers that they are known for having each year.
To say the offense is suffering seems to now be an understatement. The Yankees have gone two weeks without scoring more than four runs in a game. In result to that, they have dropped some “easy win” series, even including to the Minnesota Twins, who they have always played really well against.
If they want to catch up to the Toronto Blue Jays and get back into this AL east race, the bats have got to start picking up the pace. Since coming off the disabled list last Thursday, Carlos Beltran was 1-14 prior to last nights game. However, he had a big game last night, going 2-for-3 and even driving in the Yankees’ first run in their 2-1 victory over the Mariners. Hopefully this will start a hot streak for him. Other key players who just aren’t hitting the ball with authority include Alfonso Soriano, Brian Roberts and even Derek Jeter.
At some point in time hopefully, this dry spell will come to a close and the Yankees will finally get the key hits they have been starving for. Manager Joe Girardi believes that his team will as well.
“Right now we are going through some tough times,” Girardi told George A. King III of the New York Post. “And I know we are much better than this.”