It’s really not all that complicated. Over the last six games, the starting pitchers are 0-4 with an ERA of 9.36.
Last six starts: 25 IP 45 H 26 ER 10 BB 15 K
When the starters put 55 runners on base in 25 innings, it’s hard to win games. Despite all that, the Yankees actually had leads in five of those games.
A few other factors:
Johnny B Bad: Damon is 2 of his last 21 and has gone more than a week without an extra-base hit. He was a dynamic player last season and he looks like an old man so far this season. You have to expect he will return to his standard level of play at some point.
Benched by the bench: The plan was for Melky Cabrera to be their spark off the bench. He instead became an unproductive regular. The rest of the bench is pretty useless and that has become a problem. Miguel Cairo and Wil Nieves are 0 for 24 and Torre doesn’t seem to have any time for Josh Phelps. I’d say call up somebody from the minors who can give them some life but I can’t identify such a player.
Stumbling Joe: Nothing is working out well for Torre. Whenever he pinch runs for Jason Giambi late in the game with a lead, his spot comes up again. He tries to show faith in Doug Mientkiewicz and it goes unrewarded. He plays the bullpen by the numbers and it blows up. If Mariano Rivera gets it done in Oakland and Boston and Mike Myers doesn’t leave a pitch over the plate to Carl Crawford (who he has owned ), the Yankees are 11-9 and nobody is in a panic.
Cash Money a few dollars short: I have written here many times and still believe that Brian Cashman knows what he is doing and is the best man to run the team. But what led him to believe that Carl Pavano could be one of his five starters? That mistake will get covered up well if Phil Franchise gives them innings. But what if he doesn’t? And why did Kyle Farnsworth get so much money is conditions have to be perfect for him to pitch?
A lot can get right in a hurry if they play well this weekend. As our friend Mr. Springsteen tells us, they just need to find somebody itching for something to start. Because those dogs on Main Street, man, they’re howling.