I’m hosting a chat today at noon, and I fully expect the questions to range from trade speculation to lineup restructuring. But also believe there will be a basic, unspoken theme to almost every topic.
Have we figured out what to expect from these Yankees?
It’s been an unusual season. The Yankees have the best record in baseball, but they haven’t exactly followed the road map to get there. Their top offseason addition was lost before the season started. Their starting left fielder has played nine games. They lead baseball in home runs, but they’re last in the American League in batting average with runners in scoring position. Robinson Cano is a superstar again, but Alex Rodriguez is slugging two points higher than Wilson Betemit, and Russell Martin can’t stay above the Mendoza Line.
Mariano Rivera tore his ACL while shagging fly balls in batting practice. It’s been that kind of year.
Even at 52-33, there’s something uncertain about this team. It’s hard to say whether guys like Rodriguez and Martin will rebound, hard to guess whether Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley will regress, and hard to know whether Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes will avoid some ups and downs.
Brett Gardner should be a few weeks away from returning to the lineup. Does that mean the Yankees shouldn’t be in the market for an outfielder? Sabathia is due back in five days, and Andy Pettitte should be back in a little more than a month. Does that mean the Yankees shouldn’t shop for a starting pitcher? Is Joba Chamberlain the only bullpen addition they’ll need?
Right now, the Yankees are the best team in baseball. But that doesn’t mean we’ve figured them out just yet.
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