Monday, June 04, 2012
Good Road Trip
So the Yankees have completed about a third of the season and just finished a short west coast road trip with a stop in Detroit going 6-3 (not bad at all), and will start a big series with the Rays tomorrow. The Yankees have been hanging right around 5 games over .500 and are currently 1.5 games back of the Rays. Given the lack of hitting, having numerous key players on the DL (Gardner, Rivera, Robertson, Joba, & Pineda) I think I'm actually impressed with their Win/Loss record. As any true Yankee fan will tell you it should be better, for instance the sole loss in Detroit when Kuroda only gives up 2 runs is ridiculous, but it could be far worse too. While the trade rumors have begun to swirl, Yankees are apparently interested in adding a starter, I would suggest they look to the bullpen. Hughes has pitched well in his last 5 or 6 starts, his LA start was the only bad one. Pettitte has shown he's back, again LA the only bad start. Kuroda is hit or miss and I think he will be on more often as the season gets going, he's always been a slow starter, and Nova and CC have been pretty consistent. While the bullpen has guys like Cory Wade giving away ballgames late. Logan and Phelps are decent and Soriano will be successful in the closer roll. It's the middle of the bullpen that needs to be strengthened. Yankee trade targets are Garza, Greinke, and Marcum (in that order, from a couple different sources). I think the interesting possible target would be Cole Hammels. The Phillies are in last place in the NL East, though they are over .500. Hammels is a free agent and many don't think he will re-sign with the Phillies. With the pitching depth in the farm the Yankees apparently have, I wonder if Nova and a prospect would get it done. Maybe 2 prospects if the Yankees are given a window to sign him long term as I would think Hamels would be their primary offseason target. Jeter continues to show that he's the Captain and may be on his way to an MVP type season. Granderson is having a great start to the season power wise (17 HRs at the moment) but I would like to see his average closer to .280 than .250. A-Rod is on pace for about .285 and 30HRs. Same with Cano. Swisher needs to get his average above .250. The "role players" like Chavez, Ibanez, Nix, and Jones are doing alright too. The team in general needs to start hitting in the clutch with runners in scoring position though. They are worst in the league and that is unacceptable. Unfortunately with that lineup there is not too many moveable parts. They need to figure it out. Lastly, congratulations to Johan Santana on his one-hitter. Don't know what all the celebration is about.