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
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.