It’s fun to note the disparity in “quality” between AL and NL teams. Fair? Perhaps. AL teams have a big advantage when teams play in AL parks, that advantage being the DH. NL teams don’t have them. Playing down a player at a power position is a big drawback, and the Yanks learned that, ironically, this week on their swing through the NL West. Miguel Cairo does not have the bat to play regularly at first base. Perhaps he has the bat to backup at 2nd–but probably not. The Yankee bench is a catastrophe. Chris Basak, Andy Philips, and Wil Nieves? In an NL park, and with a catcher who needs rest, having these players on the field translates into wins given away. Which is what happened this week, as the Yanks dropped 5 of 6. Alex and Derek can only do so much, and on some days they won’t do anything at all. This team looked ready for a 2nd half charge just a week ago. Then it left home with one hand tied behind its back. Not good.