I ask because during a dispiriting loss to the Rays yesterday, I kept hearing about how teams were throwing left-handed pitchers at the Yankees because they’re so hard for us to hit. Girardi typically benches either Ellsbury or Gardner against a lefty – it must be in his binder to do this – and loads the lineup with righties who struggle just as much as Ellbury or Gardner would have.
A-Rod, a right-handed hitter, tweaked his oblique yesterday, so he’ll be out a while, plus he’s about to turn 41 and he looks pretty done to me. Aaron Hicks jammed his shoulder (I think that’s what happened), so he’s not around either, not that he was hitting.
Is it really so hard for the Yankees to find a right-handed hitter who can hit all these lefties? With all the righties that are out there in the world? Why don’t they dig deeper into the minors and find someone. Or scour the Dominican. Or Cuba, now that we’re friendlier with them. Just get someone. Several someones. Scoring runs has been torturous.
And what was up with Michael Pineda yesterday? He was a homer machine and I thought this was supposed to be his year.
Still, there were high spots during the series against the Rays, the chief of which were Ellsbury’s stealing home (coolest play in baseball) and Gardner hitting a walk-off homer. If we face more lefties, Girardi will have to let these guys stay in the game. They’re too valuable to have on the bench.