The New York Yankees have earned the reputation of being a
horrible spring team. Between April and
May, the Bombers seem to be in the basement before turning it on right before
is filled with spectators in shorts
and t-shirts. However, the loss against
the Mets on Friday night, a devastating 3-2 heartbreaker, a game where Andy
Pettitte threw seven quality innings and then watched his offense tank once
again leave him with a 2-3 record and the team at 18-22. Pettitte moved under .500 on the season like
his club has been for the majority of the season and his 2.83 ERA is very
similar to his and Roger Clemens’ efforts in
. But, when Andy’s pal, Roger Clemens announced he would be returning to
the Yankees on May 6, everyone thought that would spark the Bombers to turn it
around and begin to dominate the league. They have gone 4-7 since the announcement.
down the Yankees is pretty easy. Derek
Jeter and Jorge Posada are the only people hitting with Hideki Matsui in spurts
starting to turn it around. The big
bats, A-Rod, Abreu, and Giambi have been horrendous and continue to slump,
causing the Yankees who were once 7-2 in May and on their way up to now be 9-8
in the month. If you look at the team
even a little closer, the record speaks for itself, but inside those 18 wins
and 22 losses, there are some very telling signs.
It is no
secret the Yanks have been an awful road team (8-13), but their loss to the
Metropolitans dropped them to 4-14 in games decided by one and two runs. In the game that ended 3-2 to tonight in
favor of the boys from Queens, the Bombers fell to 1-9 in games where they
score three runs or less, and as the Mets continue to lead their division (two
games up on the idle Braves), Joe Torre and gang are 9-14 against teams .500 or
better, a record that needs to vastly improve if October is in their minds.
Yankees were looking to turn things around, mainly against the Rangers who they
are 5-1 on the season against, they were putting up crooked numbers game after
game, ranking them first among all 30 offenses in the league, giving them a
15-6 mark when they score five runs or more.
getting late early out here is a quote I have used before. Even though it might be a little cliché and
over done, Yogi Berra was right when he trademarked that Yogism. However, it is time to start worrying as the
Red Sox lead hit double digits Friday night, but looking at the past the
Yankees have a history of slow springs, well at least since 2004, the year
A-Rod put on the pinstripes.
time the Yankees went to the World Series, they were 20-6 in April and were
31-19 (.620) after May. Since then, the
Yankees are 43-48 in April, but have always turned it around in May (62-36). The Yankees have eleven games left in May,
two against the Mets, three against the Red Sox, three against the Angels, and
three against the Blue Jays. Three of
the four are first in their division, and the Blue Jays are no push over, going
5-2 after losing nine straight.
need to go 8-3 in the last 11 game of May just to get over .500 on the season
and remain in reach of the Red Sox. In
the mean time, they play Boston three times in
the Bronx, where they are 1-2 against the Sox
this season. The Yankees need to turn
this thing around starting tomorrow afternoon at Shea Stadium. Boston comes to the Stadium on Monday, the
Yankees better not be worse than ten games back, or the return of the Rocket
and the final four months of the season might be meaningless.