This has been a re-occurring theme throughout the 2014 season. Where are the Yankees’ bats? I’m starting to question if the Yankees should still be called the Bronx Bombers after this season. The offensive production has taken a drastic hit since the start of this season after expectations were so high for this Yankees’ club. Some Yankees fans have criticized the Captain, Derek Jeter for not putting up solid numbers in his final season, when really the blame should fall on the new pieces the Yankees brought in at the beginning of the year.
Lets start with Brian McCann. I recall some people comparing him to Thurman Munson as the next great Yankees catcher. Please! The way he is hitting, he might as well be competing for the starting job with Francisco Cervelli. McCann has not impressed with the bat, however outside the field circumstances have distracted the starting catcher. McCann’s family recently moved from down south in Atlanta up to New York. McCann hopes to become more settled now with his family, finally settling down. It showed last night when McCann blasted a two-run homer in his first plate appearance.
Then there is Carlos Beltran. At the beginning of the year, Beltran looked like the player the Yankees had always wanted. However, ever since he suffered the injury against Tampa Bay diving for a fly ball over the wall he has not been the same. His bat has really struggled as he has lost a lot of his power in his swing. He has also been fighting a painful bone spur in his elbow for most of the season, which has limited his ability to play in the outfield.
Finally there is Chase Headley. I give Headley a little slack because he was a mid-season acquisition, but he has not lived up to his potential. He is nowhere near the player he was a couple of years ago in San Diego, when he led the National League in runs batted in, and finished near the top for the NL MVP. Hoping for a resurrection of the former Headley, was pipe dream thinking on the part of the Yankees.
The Yankees have been shuffling their lineups around, but no combination has seemed to provide a consistent offensive lift. If the Yankees want to make one final playoff push, they will need their offensive to help out a worn out pitching staff.