Sunday, June 5, 2016


"The Yankees can barely hit with runners in scoring position -- or in pretty much any other situation," reported Andrew Marchand in mid-April.  I could have said that.  Wait, I have said that, a number of times.  And when my cousin Michael came into my daughter's 8th grade graduation party on Saturday, he said, quite eloquently, "The Yankees are awful.  Drop. The. Mic."  And he couldn't have said it any better than that.  The Yankees are just terrible in April, May and June.  Drop. The. Mic.

As they went up 7-0 against division rival the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, I was still skeptical.  I mean I have been here before and watched them blow leads when the offense shuts off abruptly.  And sure enough the Yankees enabled the Orioles to come very close with a final score of 8-6.  They pulled out the win, but the problem is, we let them get that close.  When you are up 7-0, you have to shut them down.  Close the door and lock them out of any chance of even coming close to catching you.  

According to the New York Post on Saturday evening, "It is not in the Yankees’ organizational DNA to be sellers. But this is a transitional period, and the quickest way for the Yankees to get from here to their next championship core is to be downtrodden enough in July that ownership sees no other alternative."  Thoughts are to move Andrew Miller for someone who can hit.  I think the best option is for us to find a life jacket to keep us afloat until October.

My mother called out the Yankees this evening too, using an analogy of graduation, since that was the theme of this weekend, "I think the whole team needs to be left back.  None of them should graduate this season into the next."  She would be spot on and she would know.  She's been through a number of pennants, supporting the Yankees, and listening to my Dad yell at the television when Boston would beat us up even though they never seemed to close the deal until more recently.  

So, what's next?  That's the million dollar question.  "The key for the Yankees is to amass as much young talent with high ceilings as possible," states Joel Sherman.  Until then, we will continue to just hover between last and second to last place.  That's it.  Drop. The. Mic.

--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
BYB Hot Stove Columnist
Twitter: @suzieprof

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