Yes, the Yankees are missing Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez. You can’t take two offensive players like that out of a lineup and expect the same sort of production.
But you can expect more than one run to work with if you’re a pitcher. You could sense the disconnect in a pin-drop quiet clubhouse last night. The pitchers are none too pleased with the hitters.
Chien-Ming Wang: “Itâ€™s tough pitching with no runs. Itâ€™s surprising because we have good hitters. I got my job done and kept the team close.â€
Mariano Rivera: â€œWe have to score some runs and we havenâ€™t done that.”
Joba Chamberlain: “It’s tough right now. Every run against us looks huge.”
Joe Girardi insisted that his team has plenty of energy. â€œThis is a very lively group. This group shows a lot of energy every day,” he said. “Thatâ€™s what you want and eventually thatâ€™s going to pay off.â€
But a dispassionate look at the statistics show that the Yankees have scored four runs in the last 24 innings against Bobby Seay, Francisco Cruceta, Matt Garza, Gary Glover, Trever Miller, Edwin Jackson, Dan Wheeler, Troy Percival and J.P. Howell.
Compared to the Rays, the Yankees look a softball team at the senior center.
â€œI feel like their energy is definitely more than ours,â€ Hideki Matsui said.
It’s May 14 and they’re only 4.5 games out of first place. They were 8.5 out on May 14 last season and made the playoffs without much drama.
But Girardi needs to find that button to get his team going before a little bump becomes a brick wall.