10 Jul 2011
All things considered, I think the Yankees and their fans have to be pretty happy with the first half of the season. The starting pitching has been better than expected, they have survived several key injuries (more on that in a bit) and they are on pace to win 98 games.
They are going to have to survive another injury with A-Rod opting for surgery. It’s the right thing to do, but his bat will certainly be missed in the lineup for the next 4-6 weeks. It’s too bad Eric Chavez is still hurt, but Eduardo Nunez filled in capably for Jeter and will hopefully do so again. I would also like to see the Yankees bring Dickerson back and not promote Brandon Laird at this point, he still has some learning to do in the minors.
If I am Brian Cashman, I would still try and acquire a starter. At some point I think Garcia and Colon turn into pumpkins. They have combined for 13 wins and pitched to a 3.16 ERA. I just don’t think that can last, but I hope I am wrong. Assuming that acquiring a starter proves impossible, which it probably will be, I would turn my focus to adding a bat. Jorge Posada had a brief renaissance, but he is hitting .226/.286/.355 over the last 14 days and his overall numbers .233/.322/.404 are not pretty. I wonder what the Mets want for Carlos Beltran?
Another lefty for the bullpen would be nice, but I don’t think a trade is needed for that. I would like to see Manny Banuelos get a chance later in the year as he approaches his innings limit to help the big club from the bullpen., provided everyone understands that no matter what he is a starter next year. I would also bring Kevin Whelan back and see what he can contribute to the pen.
We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks, but for now enjoy the All-Star Break!