Los Angeles, CA
The Yankees finished 7-3 during a 10-game homestand in the Bronx, but they split their series this past week against Houston (won 2-1) and Oakland (lost 1-2). The squad was ravished with more injuries and this week's causalities included Youk (bad back), Joba Chamberlin (oblique), David Robertson (hamstring), and Ed Nunez (who left Sunday's game with a rib cage injury).
Losing both of Mo Rivera's set-up guys was a huge blow to the bullpen, but Youk's absence is a costly. When Youk went on the DL earlier last week, the combined yearly salaries of the Yankees' disabled list was a shocking $95 million and qualifies as the 15th highest payroll in MLB. Yes, Old Man Steinbrenner is rolling over his grave knowing that his sons are donking off $50 combined to A-Roid ($28M) and Teixiera ($22M), both of whom had yet to take a swing this season.
The starting pitching is what has kept the Yankees near the top of the AL East. They still trail Boston by 1.5 games, but all thing considered, the Yanks are lucky they're not slumming in the basement due to their inabiity to score runs. Kuroda (2.25 ERA), CC (3.31 ERA), and Pettitte got off to a very good start, while Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova struggled the first couple of weeks. Nova eventually went on the DL with a bum shoulder, while Hughes finally got back on track. After Hughes shit the bed with his first two starts, he has improved with each start and finally won his first game of the year against the A's.
|Even Andy had to puke a little bit after his dismal display against the Astros|
Andy Pettitte started out hot but his last two starts have been abysmal. He gave up 10 runs in his last 9.1 innings. Let's hope this is just a hiccup, otherwise the Yanks are in huge trouble.
When the Yanks bats are lively, they win games. When the bats fall silent, the Yanks usually lose. It's as simple as that. The Yankees are 11-0 in games they score 5 runs or more. The Yankees are 2-6 in games they score three or fewer runs.
With all of the rash of injuries, the depleted roster is quickly being filled with AAA call-ups including Vidal Nuno, Chris Neslon, and Preston Claiborne.
Currently, the Yanks (18-12) sit in second place in the AL East, only 1.5 games behind the Boston Redsox (20-11). Although Baltimore (19-13) has more wins, the Yanks have a better winning percentage.
This week the Yanks hit the road for an 8-game trip and take on a pair of second-place teams. They have Monday off before they start a three-game series against the Rockies (18-13) in Denver on Tuesday, followed up by a three-game weekend series against Kansas City (17-10). The Yanks are not what you call a dominant road team, then again in only 11 games, they are barely above .500 with a 6-5 away record.