With A.J. Burnett taking the mound tonight the Yankees will need their offense to show up more than at any point in this series.
The problem is, aside from the eighth inning of game one, they have been largely absent. Really the only one who has shown up is Robinson Cano. Cano is leading the team through the ALCS with a .417 batting average and a pair of home runs. Unfortunately he can’t do it alone.
Here is a list of the other Yankees and their numbers:
- Mark Teixeira – 0-for-11 (.000) with a .214 OPS.
- Alex Rodriguez – 2-for-13 (.154) with no XBH and a .308 OPS.
- Nick Swisher – 1-for-11 with 1 2B and a .413 OPS.
- Marcus Thames – 2-for-9 with no XBH and a .444 OPS.
- Jorge Posada – 2-for-10 (.200) with no XBH and a .473 OPS.
- Curtis Granderson – 1-for-8 with no XBH and a .542 OPS.
- Brett Gardner – 2-for-8 with no XBH and a .583 OPS.
- Derek Jeter – 3-for-13 (.231) with 2 2B and a .670 OPS.
It’s time to wake up. Obviously Teixeira is the biggest problem in this lineup and A-Rod is probably right behind him despite hitting the ball on the screws a couple of times.
Things have to change. If they don’t the silver lining may be that they will get extra time to work with hitting coach Kevin Long this offseason.