It is quickly turning into an annual May tradition: ESPN posts a front page headline about the “last place Yankees.”
It’s not nearly as bad as it sounds of course, because it’s only May and the Yankees are still near .500 and only a few games out of first.
But what is it about this team that makes them get off to such a terrible start, year after year? I thought maybe it was the manager, but obviously that’s not the case.
This is my best guess: the Yankees always get hit hard with injuries because for the most part, they’re old. This year has been no different in that regard. Also, yeah the Yankee offense has been terrible, but they’ve also faced a ton of good pitchers, which is more likely to happen at the beginning of the year because everyone is healthy and “in the hunt” so to speak. When the Yankees have A-Rod and Posada back and face the Orioles’ 7th starter in August, you have to think their chances will improve.
For now, we as fans just need to keep hoping. After all, these hitters can’t possibly all perform so far under their expected numbers can they?