Where is the Yankees offense?

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After watching the Yankees for the past week and a half, you’d probably expect to see this on a milk carton in a desperate attempt to find the offense:

Missing: New York Yankees Offense
Reward: $10,000
If found, please return to 1 East 161st Street, River Avenue

But all jokes aside, the Yankees offense has pretty much been missing or non-existent, you take your pick on the wording. During the Detroit Tigers series, it seemed normal the Yankees weren’t scoring runs, considering they were facing three former AL Cy Young winners. However, the series against the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles tells a different story. There’s only so much credit you could give the opposing team’s pitching, and now it’s hard to give the opposing team credit when the Yankees can only muster out 1-3 runs a night.

The media spoke to Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long on August 2nd and he said the following statement, something which raised eyebrows considering he is the hitting coach of the organization.

“We’re not scoring six, seven runs a game. Are there days where that’s going to happen? Yeah. But for the most part it’s been two, three, four or five. That’s the reality of it right now. I don’t know if we’re capable of getting to five or six runs.”

If the Yankees hitting coach has no faith in the team scoring 5-6 runs, then it becomes an issue. The Yankees problem isn’t their starting pitching–in fact for the most part, the starting pitching has been fantastic. The problem is the the Yankees being unable to score multiple runs on a consistent basis. If the Yankees want to have any chance of making the postseason as at least a potential second wild card, they’re going to need to have the offense coincide with the pitching. Without the offense, the Yankees could pretty much kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.

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8 Responses to Where is the Yankees offense?

  1. Frank says:

    I watch a lot of games and I feel the players take too many good pitches, get themselves in a hole, and are forced to hit the pitcher's pitch, instead of their own. Many watch right down the middle strikes and won't swing.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I have to agree with you. There is nothing wrong with being aggressive at the plate and like you said, so many good pitches go by that they're almost stuck in a hole by the time the AB is over.

    • Colonel Walter Kurtz says:

      It's "impossible" to really "second guess" a batters' "approach". The Yankees for example used to be lauded for their long, patient lineup which wore staffs into submission. But you know what? You have to have a Very talented line-up. Guys who could mash, hit, walk. And having 7-9 of those guys really helped. When you really don't have any feared hitter, you get pitched differently, the starters attack the hitters, and by the time the starters are worn down, it's NOT the long/middle relievers that the hitters face. It's the set-up/ closer combo, which is almost a hopeless situation to battle back from. As for this season, the Yankees better hope that their rotation heals, and comes back effectively, and that an arm or three emerges from the minors before Sept. first. IF that happens, then they may pull out games on pitching and defense. VERY TALL ORDER.

  2. Kevin S says:

    Couldn't agree more–way too many Ks looking–and Gardner Ks way too much for a leadoff hitter–Elldbury should leas off–entire approach to offense is severely flawed–but really biggest balance is on players in middle of lineup

  3. Colonel Walter Kurtz says:

    Point. What happened to the cries, of "too many home runs"? Point. It's hard to build a farm system when you pick at the back of the pack for twenty years. Point. When picking from the back you have to go for the best pitchers (especially considering their high attrition rates). Point. High-end position players are gone by the time the Yankees draft. Point. Clubs are signing young superstars to contracts early on, gambling on health, and continued improvement. The left-over superstars are usually in their late twenties, and PEDs are getting hard to come by (at least the ones that pass the test) are making teams pay for ten years for 4-5 years of "superstar production. Point. "Competitive balance" (aka, an unofficial, sly, wage suppressant) was implemented too quickly for the Yankees to fully adjust. Point. Sometimes you get stuck in the "perfect shtstrm". The Yankees are close to the "eye" of the storm. Point. The Yankees MUST get lucky in this years' wave of international signings, and hope they sign another foreign star with "The Right Stuff". Fact. It's easier to be a "genius" when your team has had years of terrible seasons. Suddenly Gm Friedman of Tampa is faced with the "ravages of success". Theo knew that he "screwed the pooch", and got out of Boston, to an organization that will give him twenty years to win. Fact. Winning for long periods in pro sports is getting increasingly difficult. When Baseball Ownership gets their way like the raping that their counterparts in the NFL and NBA have given all but the superstars, I'll find another hobby. Between the inevitable upcoming expansions, and the "Collective Raping", in which the established players rape the guys on the farm, I'd rather watch Seniors' Shuffleboard Leagues. Pray that I'm totally wrong. But unless you don't mind changing your "team" (handy skill if you can stomach it), it won't be long before "Dynasties" will consist of three consecutive ninety win seasons…..

  4. John murphy says:

    We (and the rest of baseball) hated Ellsbury for 7 years while he was in Boston, due to the havoc he created leading off. Joe G should flop him and Gardner and see what happens.

  5. Mike Sommer says:

    Ellsbury isn't a #3 hitter. That is obvious. But Girardi and the Yanks refuse to disrespect Jeter by dropping him out of the #2 hole, despite the fact he has very little power anymore and has an OPS+ in the mid 80s. (100 is average).