This Offense Is Killing Our Pitchers

July 25th, 2013 by Jane Heller
Photo: AP/Kathy Willens

Photo: AP/Kathy Willens

Andy Pettitte, like Phil Hughes, like Ivan Nova, hasn’t been perfect this season but then why should he have to be? He only gave up a couple of runs last night and Texas won anyway. That’s the story of most of our pitchers (CC has his own problems and Kuroda is nearly always stellar). Will getting Soriano from the Cubs really help the Yankees’ anemic offense? Maybe a little, but it’s just not fun to watch the games night after night and only occasionally see a few players actually cross home plate.

No wonder ratings on YES are down. No wonder the seats at various ballparks, including Yankee Stadium, aren’t full of bodies. No wonder jerseys that don’t say “Jeter” and “Rivera” and “Cano” aren’t selling.

Which only leaves the latest drama with A-Rod as a subject the media can sink their teeth into. He said his quad was tight. The Yankees told him not to play but to rest it and get an MRI. The MRI showed a grade 1 strain. Believing the Yankees are trying to keep him off the field forever, he got a “second opinion” from a doctor in Hackensack with a shady record and the doctor, who only looked at the MRI, not the patient, said, “I don’t see any grade 1 strain.” Which required a response from Cashman/a Yankees lawyer (the statement was written in legalese) saying A-Rod had violated all sorts of protocol.

I love a good conspiracy theory just like the next person, but I’d rather be intrigued by the play on the field. This season is turning into an episode of “The Twilight Zone,” for anyone old enough to remember that show.

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5 Responses to “This Offense Is Killing Our Pitchers”

  1. Diane Anziano says:

    Wow. A little too much drama for me. I’m truly hoping A-Rod gets kicked out of baseball at this point. I don’t see him being of any assistance and The Yankees could use the money. Another sad loss – you’re right, Jane. The starters have done all that should be needed to get a win and it’s just not happening. Hopefully we’ll get one this afternoon. The plus side is, if they win, I will be able to watch the re-run on YES happily. And if they lose again, I don’t have to watch and wonder. I feel like Soriano should be a good move…at least he’s familiar with what it takes to play in NY. GO YANKEES!!!

  2. Jane Heller says:

    Only the beginning of the drama, I’m afraid, Diane.

  3. margaret says:

    I found this article this morning that I felt was pretty spot on.
    We had a great conversation with a neighbor last night about our petulant child Alex.
    He too is a Yankee fan and he dislikes the distraction of Alex as much as he dislikes Alex.
    We talked about him being such a child and always going about things the wrong way even if that was not his original intent. Then this morning i read the article which says a lot of the same.
    All sad.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/25/alex-rodriguez-reminds-me-of-my-eight-year-old-son/?ocid=Yahoo&partner=ya5nbcs

  4. Jane Heller says:

    He does seem to have a case of arrested development, Peg. His decision making capabilities are stunted in a way at the same time that he appears desperate to be well liked. Instead of paying all his posse of “experts,” he should probably spend the money on therapy.

  5. Jane Heller says:

    He does seem to have a case of arrested development, Peg. His decision making capabilities are stunted in a way at the same time that he appears desperate to be well liked. Instead of paying his posse of “experts,” he should probably spend the money on therapy.