How many times this season have I written the words “The pitching was good enough to win, but the offense wasn’t there to help?” Same question goes for last night’s loss to the Dodgers in the series opener. So much has been made of the “new look” with Jeter and Soriano providing right handed power, but this team isn’t exactly loaded with fearsome hitters, the consequence of which is that it’s very tough to win close games.
It’s always exciting when the Yankees play at Dodger Stadium (even when I’m on the east coast), and watching Puig and Ramirez galvanize that team as advertised was interesting. But with our division rivals surging ahead of us and the clock on the season ticking, does adding a guy like Alex Rios by the end of the trade deadline today really make a difference? Or should the Yankees save their energy for next season? It’s great that Granderson will be back soon, but tomorrow’s August 1st – not much time to make a real run at this race.
I hate to be so negative, but making a “real run at this race” means winning a whole lot of games and last night wasn’t a good start.