Thursday, August 27, 2015
HEY YANKEES... HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?
I have been asking that for the last four games now. While the Yankees have been slumping longer than this, the last four games are a different team. It's not just about the appearance....it's so much more. The drive isn't there. The spark is gone. The entire team is running like an energizer bunny with a dying battery.
The entire lineup is in a slump, well except Carlos Beltran because he is on a tear. In the last four games, the Yankees have had six or fewer hits, and have also only scored seven runs. They look tired, uninterested, and battered. It is the end of the season, and yes guys are going to be tired and bruised up but this is a tight division race and right now the Blue Jays are running on all cylinders. They are hungry. They have the intensity and the Yankees look like they have checked out mentally.
Monday night I sat and watched in disbelief. Jacoby Ellsbury, John Ryan Murphy and Beltran were the only ones with hits. Meanwhile the Houston Astros teed off against Ivan Nova and Chris Capuano and put up an embarrassing 15 runs. Meanwhile, the Yankees just swung at any and everything striking out 12 times and never even drew a walk. Who stole the Yankees mojo? Whoever did it, please just give it back! I don't recognize this team. I guess I should be thankful that we weren't shut out but that's not enough for me.
Meanwhile, across town the Mets are retooled and are on their own little roll. They have won six of their last seven games and finally have David Wright back on the field who has been missing in action since April. They are also in first place in their division and pulled their own Blue Jays maneuver. They caught up to a sleeping Washington Nationals team. I certainly did not expect that to happen and now I get to hear my friends and family members taunt me about how the Mets are in first place, with a better record and the Yankees are sleeping in second place.
The conclusion of the Subway series will be here in a few weeks. I certainly hope the Yankees have rediscovered their mojo by then and can win the series in enemy territory. It would definitely be a huge moral victory. Both of these teams look different then when they played each other earlier this season. The Mets have a dangerous pitching staff and now have another offensive hitter now that Yoenis Cespedes has joined the team. They feel good about their team right now and they should. Unlike us, their pitchers are healthy and getting run support and the hitting is timely. I really hope that it doesn't take this series to wake the Yankees up.
The postseason is around the corner. I don't want to be playing for a wild card spot because let's face it as Yankees fans we don't settle. But the team has to WANT to win and get back into first place. The talent is there, but they have to execute. The Yankees should be out for blood right now! They need to GRIND IT and get through these bumps. It's not too late....but we can't want it for you. So come on fellas, it's been awhile....HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?
--Jeana Bellezza, BYB Senior Writer and Editor
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