The Yankees’ Late Season Skid

"The Yankees have been going through a frustrating stretch of games lately, but the team needs to pick its collective heads up and start playing better baseball soon." Photo Credit: Getty Images via Yahoo Sports

It’s hard not to notice that the Yankees have not been winning a lot of ballgames lately. The Yankees went 16-13 in the month of August, and so far have gone 10-12 in September. So since August 1st, the Yankees have gone 26-25, just one game above .500. Fortunately, it seems that they are all  but a lock for a playoff spot, whether it be by means of winning the division or by winning the wild card. Still, the Yankees don’t appear to be in great shape. Still, is there reason to worry?

I can certainly understand if you are a concerned Yankee fan, and I too am concerned, but I’m just not sure how concerned we should be. We have to keep in mind that for majority of the time the Yankees have gone 26-25, Joe Girardi has not been using the “A” team. It seems like Chad Gaudin has been called upon to come into a big spot countless times lately, and that probably will not happen in the playoffs. On the flip side, Girardi has heavily rested his better relievers like Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson, most likely in preparation for the postseason. Turning the attention away from the bullpen, the position player regulars have not been used as often as usual lately. The bottom line is, Girardi has not been throwing out the “A” team very much lately, and I’m okay with that in this case, but it means the team has not won as many games as it most likely would have under normal circumstances. Fortunately, once the playoffs begin, we should be seeing the “A” team every game, and if we don’t, there is something wrong with the head of the Yankees’ skipper.

While I do not think the Yankees recent struggles is as big a deal as it has been made out to be, I certainly don’t think it is a non-concern. It would inspire a lot of confidence if the Yankees finished up the season strong heading into the postseason.

“Hopefully Mr. Harrison is right, the sun will come up tomorrow.”

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Game 142: Orioles at Yankees

Here is tonight’s starting lineup via Pete Abe:

SS Derek Jeter – “I hear he’s about to break some record or something”

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

C Jorge Posada

2B Robinson Cano

LF Melky Cabrera

CF Brett Gardner

And on the mound, Andy Pettitte

Yankees to remember 9/11

There is supposed to be a ceremony before the game remembering September 11, 2001.

Johnny Damon hurting

Johnny’s back is “locked up”, but it doesn’t sound too serious.

David Robertson may return sooner than originally thought

Robertson saw Dr. Andrews the other day, and was told rest should heal his troubled elbow, and he could return before September ends.

No matter your feelings on George Bush, this was a touching moment.

Game 17: Hopefully Yankees can bounce back against Red Sox

Lineup via Peter Abraham:

Mark Melancon

Mark Melancon

Yankees

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixera

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

DH Hideki Matsui

3B Angel Berroa (called up today)

CF Brett Gardner

And on the mound, AJ Burnett

Red Sox

CF Jacoby Ellsbury

2B Dustin Pedroia

DH David Ortiz

1B Kevin Youkilis

RF JD Drew

LF Jason Bay

3B Mike Lowell

C Jason Varitek

SS Nick Green

And on the mound, Josh Beckett

As I wrote about in my previous post there were many callups and disabled list trips today. Angel Berroa, David Robertson, and Mark Melancon were called up. Chien-Ming Wang, Cody Ransom, and Brian Bruney join each other on a trip to the DL. No word yet on any 40 man roster moves.

Update via Peter Abraham:

Cody Ransom was placed on the 60 day DL so that cleared up the 40 man spot for Berroa. Humberto Sanchez was released. He was not even DFA, he was released. Brian Bruney has a strained flexor mass, which Girardi said was just muscle not a ligament. Girardi said Bruney will take a week off, then rehab for a week (possibly two) before he comes back. Mark Melancon will not be at the game until around 5:30.

Update

Ball game over, Yankees lose16-11. Missed opportunities, blown calls, you name it, this game was full of them. Wrap up over at Yankees official site.

Wang and Ransom placed on the DL, Bruney has a “cranky elbow”

According to Bryan Hoch and the Yankees official site, Chien-Ming Wang and Cody Ransom have been placed on the 15 day DL. 

Why does this always happen to me?

Why does this always happen to me?

Wang has weakness in the adductor muscles of both his hips. Dr. Mark Lindsay, who is working with ARod in Tampa, was the one who discovered Wang’s hip weakness. Supposedly, the weakness is a kinetic effect of Wang’s lisfranc fracture suffered last year. When Brian Cashman was asked when can Wang be expected to rejoin the big league team, he responded, “I don’t know, I know it’s a minimum of 10 days to two weeks of physical therapy on the hips, and the fact that he’s a pitcher, after that, who knows?” Cashman said. “He’ll be able to throw to some degree, I believe, while that’s going on. The main issue is to get those hips taken care of and get him back on line, because they’ve gotten off line.” Thankfully Wang’s ailment will not require anything drastic, just physical rehab. David Robertson has been recalled to take Wang’s 25 man roster spot.

Cody Ransom, on the other hand, could have a more serious injury. He suffered a right quadriceps injury when he was sliding into second base on a steal last night. For now I would assume Ramiro Pena will take over at third base, but according to Cashman the Yankees will have another infielder up by today’s game. I am guessing that would be Angel Berroa, however I personally would like to see Pena start at third for now.

Brian Bruney, who according to Joe Girardy has a “cranky elbow”, was not in Boston last night, rather he was in New York for examinations. For now all we can do is hope.

The Yankees have not announced who will take Wang’s spot in the rotation but I would be shocked if Phil Hughes did not take that spot. I would look for Hughes to get at least 4, maybe 5 starts before Wang comes back.

Update via Chad Jennings:

It is official, Angel Berroa was called up. No word on who was DFA to make room for Berroa on the 40 man.

Update via Pete Abe

It looks like we are going to see Mark Melancon come up as well to replace Brian Bruney who is on the DL. Nothing else on this yet. If Bruney was put on the 15 day DL then someone would have had to been DFA to make room for him, if Bruney was put on the 60 day DL then there would be no DFA. Let’s hope for the first situation.