Yankee Hitting Woes: Mystery or Sucky Hitters?

“Why we’re not hitting is everybody’s mystery. It’s something you just have to fight your way out of.”—Joe Torre

Joe got an earful from George this evening, and it didn’t prove any more useful than the team meeting held the day before. What they resolved, if anything, we suppose we’ll find out in due course. But we do take issue with Joe’s analysis of the Yankee hitting woes. There’s no great mystery here. Encyclopedia Brown need not get out of bed. Two second baseman who can’t hit, and meager production from the DH. There you have it. Now go fix it.

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  • Is YF calling for a trade? A new hitting coach? A newfangled roster (what, this one isn’t working for ya?)? Where’s the swagger, the cockiness, the everything’s-gonna-be-alright-this-is-too-small-a-sample-size-regression-to-the-meanism that we know and love from my feisty co-blogger? And more importantly, WHERE ARE THE GODDAMNED COVERS FROM THE NEW YORK POST AND DAILY NEWS? Surely YF can do better than “go fix it” as a piece of advice. So let’s hear it, YF.

    SF June 4, 2005, 5:35 am
  • The sample size is large enough. 50-odd games, and the Yanks fumbling around ,500. Clearly, the Yanks need either a new left or center fielder. Beltran would have been perfect. Help at first wouldn’t hurt either. And a DH. Rather than the spare-parts Tino/Bernie/Giambi/Sierra rotation, much as we love several of them. And then there’s the pitching. Can anything be done at this point? Word that Wang is about to be sent down (or worse, dealt for the above) with the return of Wright, is terribly frightening.

    YF June 4, 2005, 7:37 am
  • Non-existent run support in KC notwithstanding, I think the problem is more with the pitching than with hitting. I mean, Bernie seems about to go on one of his patented month-long tears where he hits like .400 with power and nobody can get him out, so maybe Joe plays Bern, move Hideki back to left, goes back to Woe-Mack at 2B, and DHs Sierra. Fine. Let it play out. Tino at first.
    But you’re right, YF, Wright’s return suddenly seems like a downgrade. That ‘tard (bas- or re-, take your pick) inspires no confidence, and Pavano, too, suddenly seems totally mediocre. Moose has picked it up, but you get the sense that with each passing jab by the tabs in NYC, Unit is gonna get more and more ornery, and not in a good way. I don’t want to see Wang go. Can’t they find room for him in the pen? I wonder if there’s a chance they’ll send Cano down and carry another pitcher.

    Spidey June 4, 2005, 12:19 pm
  • throw money at it! that’s worked so far!
    go buy some more of the league, boys. none of the rest of us will stop you.

    beth June 4, 2005, 2:59 pm
  • The Problem is Definitely Pitching.The Starters have not in most cases been able to continue through even 6 innings let alone the more desirable 7 innings you would like to get out of them. The Relievers are Non Existent, so that basically leaves you with a big NOTHING. It just goes to prove there is nothing like a minor league system to nurture and bring up the players you need to win.Money is not answer, as soon as its waved in front of some of these guys all they see is easy street. Why put out if you can relax and enjoy the fruits of your previous labors, and Mr. Steinbrenner with all of his good intentions, and I’m not faulting him at all, is taken as a sucker.

    Steve Neiger June 4, 2005, 3:42 pm
  • I’m not sanguine about any miracles from Bernie, Spidey. He is who he is. He might put up league average numbers offensively, but if he’s out in the field, he’s a major deficit. Flopping him in Matui in LF & CF might be an answer. But then you’ve got the Woemack/Cano question. One of them should probably not be on the roster. Well, both of them should not be on the roster. I imagine one of the two (Cano) will be dealt. As for Steve: the starting pitching isn’t going to be stellar, but I suspect it’s too late to do much about that. And SturGorMo is doing quite well, thank you very much.

    YF June 4, 2005, 5:44 pm
  • I don’t know if you guys have ever read the explanation of Baseball Prospectus’ “Pitcher Abuse Points” stat, but it was basically developed by looking at a pitchers next few starts after throwing more than 100 pitches. It turns out that for each pitch >100 thrown, the damage to the next appearances increases…cubically!!! Anyone remember Mussina and Pavano throwing 130+ pitch games? I wonder if that’s why they started tanking (aside from the obvious reasons that Moose is old, and Pavano was never great to begin with).

    Tom June 4, 2005, 9:32 pm
  • A point well taken, Tom.

    YF June 4, 2005, 11:15 pm

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