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Midseason Analysis of a Certain Baseball Team from the Good City of New York, Specifically in the Bronx by 27yankees
July 7, 2008, 8:45 pm
Filed under: MiLB, MLB, New York Yankees | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Well, we are now a little over halfway through the statistical season, and what a wild one this has been. There is so much I could be talking about, everything from the spectacular (or is it?) season the Rays have been having to the interesting breakouts we have seen so far. But perhaps it would be easier to just talk a bit about the Yankees.

Now, I could talk about the debate that is going on over at River Ave. Blues right now, but it makes much more sense to just let you see for yourself. Check it out here.

So lets instead imagine that the Yankees decide to stand pat in the second half and try to reach the playoffs. What needs to go right for the Yankees to make the playoffs?

And here’s the sad truth: For the Yankees to reach the playoffs, just about everything needs to go right.

So basically, we need to get our sh*t together. Robby Cano needs to hit like the second-half madman he has in the last few seasons; Chien-Ming Wang needs to come back from his injury early and pitch like a groundball machine. Andy Pettitte needs to start picking off every runner that reaches first base… or at least, improve his overall performance. The Mustached Madman needs to keep on hitting like it’s 2000. Derek Jeter needs to start hitting like Derek Jeter.

I could talk about what every member of the Yankees needs to do, but I think it’s obvious. The team needs to start performing like the New York friggin’ Yankees. We are a playoff contender, we need to start playing like one. Playing like a third place team just isn’t going to cut it. Playing like a first place team isn’t going to cut it. They need to be really really good.

In other notes, the Yankees have some really good catcher depth in the minors right now. Beyond the obvious Jesus Montero, they have Austin Romine, who has been pretty darn good so far, and Francisco Cervelli, who, if he hasn’t already returned, should be returning any time soon. They say that you can never have too much pitching depth; if there was any other position where that mantra stands, it would have to be catcher.

We’ve got a pretty important series coming up against our (new) division rivals, the Rays, so pay close attention over the next few days!

-TwentySeven

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