Yankeeland Asks: What Me Worry?

Matsui’s gone for three months or so (and who knows what we get when he returns), Sheff’s gone, Rj’s flailing and, if we are to believe the experts, quite possibly ailing as well. Johnny Damon’s banged up too, and given the outfield situation, there seems little opportunity for rest in the foreseeable future. Any one of these traumas would be disturbing; taken together, they have left many jamming down repeatedly on the panic button while pondering the potential demise of the Bombers. Take Rob Neyer: “If it ends, this is how: with an old roster destroyed by injuries, sentiment and infirmity.” Ouch. His opinion: the Yanks need to make a move, to plug at least one of their holes before the whole ship starts an unrecoverable list to port. Others believe the team can stand pat, holding on for a couple of months, treading water with a still-impressive lineup, while Sheff and Unit regroup. It seems to us a move is called for, though there’s no way we give away the store (ie, Philip Hughes). Anyway, it’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks.

6 comments… add one
  • I hope we wait it out with the current staff rather than making any moves. After Oakland, NY faces Texas, the Mets, Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, KC, and heading into June, Detroit, Baltimore. and Boston. There are some pretty tough series in there, but I have a good feeling about Cabrera, and despite his so-so batting, Crosby’s defensive presence has been more than adequate so far. Hopefully, Sheff will return before the end of May and that will settle some stat-head’s concerns, plus improve the DH situation.
    I don’t think there are many teams in the majors who would be disappointed having the offensive potential of today’s lineup.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 4:32 pm
  • edit: stat-heads’ as a collective. Not singling anybody out.

    attackgerbil May 13, 2006, 4:33 pm
  • I think the bigger issue for the Yankees is, are the potential replacement left fielders going to be any better than what Cabrera/Bernie/Crosby can provide? Whatever personal feelings anyone has on the matter, I truly believe two things. 1. The best the Yankees could get with their prospects who aren’t already in the majors is Shannon Stewart. I think a combination of Bernie/Crosby/Cabrera would give you at least near the offense of a Shannon Stewart. 2. Torii Hunter, Bobby Abreu, and any other big-name outfielder is going to result in an asking price of Chien Ming-Wang, Scott Proctor, or Cano. So the question then becomes, if you were in a boat, would you chop up your oars to try to plug a hole in the boat itself? But that’s realistically. I’m fine with the Yankees trading Wang and Proctor for an outfielder. More Sturtze and Jaret Wright? Fine by me.

    Quo May 13, 2006, 11:52 pm
  • trade wang??!!! r u crazy??? he’s improving and he’s getting better!
    he just had a GREAT game

    theyankeedude May 14, 2006, 12:44 am
  • Yankeedude, you have to bear in mind that I’m a Sox fan. And I’m also trying to look at what Philly/Cincy/Minnesota might try to acquire if they trade one of their outfielders. Wang will be on their lists, count on it.

    Quo May 14, 2006, 12:49 am
  • In other news, Tanyon Sturtze on the DL with “Imabigpileofsuckitis” or “sore pitching shoulder”. Scott Erickson to take his place. Let the parade of decent starters from the late 90s begin!

    Quo May 14, 2006, 2:30 am

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