In my last post, I put some of the players that have surprised and exceeded expectations for the Yankees in the first month of the 2014 season. Unfortunately, there are also players that have a high expectation bar set and then don’t meet the standards. Here were the players that have been a slight disappointment so far early in the season.
1) Hiroki Kuroda: For the last few seasons, Hiroki Kuroda had been one of the Yankees best fixtures in the rotation, always giving the Yankees quality starts when they’ve needed it. This season, it has been a completely different story. Sure, Kuroda has a 4-3 record but he also has an ERA of 4.57. There could be many reasons as to why Kuroda hasn’t been Kuroda: maybe it has to do with he’s pitched 3 consecutive seasons of over 200 innings, or it could be that age is finally catching up to him. However, with a depleted rotation, the Yankees expect more from Kuroda than for him to only go less than six innings every outing.
2) Brian McCann: The Yankees signed Brian McCann over the winter because they knew he was an offensive catcher, something the Yankees had been lacking in the last few years since Jorge Posada retired in 2010. However, McCann hasn’t been the hitter the Yankees have been searching for. While he does have seven home runs and 23 RBI’s to this point in the season, his average is a lackluster .225. McCann is perfectly capable of hitting .300 in a season, he did it for the Atlanta Braves in 2006 and 2008, so to see his batting average decline is pretty disappointing.
3) Carlos Beltran: Carlos Beltran always wanted to be a Yankee and the Yankees ultimately felt the same way, giving him a three-year contract worth $45 Million. While Beltran had helped the Yankees with his bat, giving them five home runs and 15 RBI’s in 33 games, the disappointing part was he went on the disabled list–again. Let’s face it, Carlos Beltran has a long injury history and the Yankees were taking a gamble when they decided to sign him. The gamble didn’t really pay off so far when the team doctors found a bone spur in his elbow, causing him to miss more than two weeks worth of baseball. He’s optimistic he can return to the Yankees without needing surgery, but I’ve seen the same injury happen to Brett Gardner, and Gardner ended up needing surgery after three failed rehab game attempts. I wouldn’t be surprised if Beltran needed in-season surgery to shave the bone spur.
4) CC Sabathia: CC Sabathia has been a disappointment for the Yankees dating back to last season, he went 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA in 32 games. Many believed that with Sabathia two years removed from surgery he would be a better pitcher for the Yankees–it didn’t seem to be the case. He went 3-5 with a 5.28 ERA before going on the disabled list on May 11 with a knee issue. To add to matters, Sabathia won’t be back until July at the earliest. For a player that was supposed to be the Yankees ace, he hasn’t exactly lived up to the title in the last two seasons.