After watching the Yankees for five months, I’m not sure I believe they have what it takes to win a World Series, so even if they don’t make the playoffs, they’re probably just putting us out of our misery early rather than later. Here are just a few players I’m looking at that would need to drastically improve for the Yankees to make the playoffs and potentially win a world series title.
Sabathis has been on the DL twice this year – both were precautionary moves, but he just hasn’t looked especially dominate this season, and I think the Yankees need him to be to go all the way.
Cano has a lot of talent, but I feel he has regressed this year and I just don’t think he’s every going to become a true super star. It doesn’t have much to do with anything, but I sure wish he’d run out those ground balls to first like Derek Jeter does… I don’t buy into the theory that “Cano is a loafer” that many have proposed, but… yeah. It’d be nice if he’d dive for the ball every once and while.
It wasn’t his fault he got hit with the ball, but then, he’ wasn’t exactly killing it before he got hurt. The Yankees need A-Rod to be A-Rod, and before the hand injury, he was a shell of his former self, and I’m not sure that is enough.
Pettitte hasn’t gotten back into a game situation yet, so I don’t think the Yankees can count on him – Hideki Kuroda has been AMAZING in Pettitte’s absence, but it sure would be nice to see Pettitte come back and be who he was pre injry. What a boost that would be!
Let’s face it – everyone who is not Rafael Soriano, David Robertson or Boone Logan is just not reliable. As scary as it sounds, I hope Ivan Nova comes back so the Yankees can put David Phelps back in the pen.
Too. Many. Homers. I don’t look forward to this guy starting a playoff game – I prefer he’d be in the bullpen and the Yankees go with a three man rotation… or, if the stars align: Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettitte and Freddy Garcia.
He’s supposed to play again later this week, but like A-Rod, he wasn’t exactly killing the ball pre injury, so I don’t know if the Yankees can expect anything from this guy at this point.
It’s too late now for the Yankees to go get someone – this team is what it is. If everyone can get healthy and perform like they’re capably of, the Yankees should be in good shape, but at this point, I don’t have much faith in that happening.