The Bronx Bombers are currently in contention for a play-off spot, but if they want to have any chance of making it to the postseason, they’re going to need to bolster their offense. MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa discussed the Yankees offensive woes, saying they can’t rely on their pitching to win games all the time.
“It will come down to whether or not Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran and those guys can offensively take the pressure off the pitching staff — unless Brian Cashman goes out and grabs Cliff Lee or someone like that,” said DeRosa.
The Yankees lost 80% of the rotation due to injury; CC Sabathia is out for the rest of the season due to knee surgery, Ivan Nova could miss the next two seasons with Tommy John Surgery, Michael Pineda is rehabbing from a strain in his teres major muscle and Masahiro Tanaka is trying to rehab a UCL tear in his elbow. While Brandon McCarthy, Shane Greene, Chase Whitley and David Phelps have done a good job, DeRosa is skeptical the rotation can continue their phenomenal pitching.
“I don’t know if you can rely on that down the stretch,” he said. “You lose your 1-2 [in the rotation], it’s devastating.”
The Yankees have gotten production from Chase Headley, a player they acquired four days ago, but if they want to have any chance of making it, they’re going to need Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran to play to their contracts.
“The AL East is so wide open and nobody has the roster to distance themselves,” DeRosa said. “The aura of the Yankees seems to find a way to get them ‘W’s.’ I’m not counting them out, no way, not with the resources [general manager ] Brian Cashman has, not with the offensive guys that have underachieved to this point. I wouldn’t count them out.”