The Yankees took a 3-2 lead on the Indians in the fourth inning on Tuesday. They have not scored in the 14 innings since.
They have 10 hits and have been struck out 12 times in those 14 innings and drawn three walks. It’s not real pretty with A-Rod and Posada watching from the dugout.
The lefty-heavy Yankees can’t do much to change the look of the middle of the lineup other than to throw Shelley Duncan out there. And while everybody likes Shelley, he’s 24 of 100 as a big leaguer and has one home run in his last 59 at-bats. Melky Cabrera is having a nice season but he’s not exactly a perfect No. 6 hitter.
Much like they had to patch together the rotation last season, they’re patching together the lineup.
â€œItâ€™s hard to replace an MVP. As much as guys are battling, itâ€™s hard to replace,â€ Joe Girardi said. â€œIt changes the dynamics of our lineup when we canâ€™t split out lefties up as much.â€
The Yankees have already been shut out three times this season and tonight was the 15th time in 35 games they’ve been held to three runs or less. Their margin for error is very slim.
Now Mike Mussina has to stay hot for the Yankees to avoid a sweep tomorrow afternoon.