The Yankee offense was pitiful again last night. They scored 3 runs in the first 2 innings, but really only 1 run when you consider the other 2 came as the result of comically poor Baltimore defense. They've scored 15 runs in their last 5 games, 10 of them coming in 1 game, and 25 in their last 8. The cause of this offensive blackout is, as usual, the majority of the lineup going cold at the same time. Almost everybody is currently in the middle of some kind of SSS slump:
- Brett Gardner: 4-21, 3 XBH, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K in his last 5 games
- Mark Teixeira: 1-8, 3 K in his last 2 games (missed 3 others w/ injury)
- Carlos Beltran: 0-10, 1 BB, 3 K in his last 3 games
- Stephen Drew: 3-25, 1 XBH, 0 BB, 9 K in his last 8 games
- Martin Prado: 3-21, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K in his last 6 games
The only guy swinging a good bat right now is Jacoby Ellsbury, who's 10-27 with 4 XBH, 4 R, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K, and 2 SB in his last 8 games. Chase Headley has chipped in a few hits too and has 6 BB and 3 R scored in his last 7 games. But when you factor the absence of Brian McCann and Derek Jeter's status as a daily 1-4 with a bunch of groundball outs into the collective slump above, that's not enough output from 2 guys to make up for all the rest. Ellsbury's hits and walks are essentially being wasted because there's nobody on base in front of him when he gets a hit and there's nobody driving him in behind him.
The worst part about this is that it's not one instance of a team-wide slump. It feels like this is the routine every other week for the Yankees. 1 guy gets super hot and carries the load by himself while everybody else doesn't hit for 5-6 games. Gardner was that guy a few weeks ago, Carlos Beltran was that guy in the last week to 10 days. It's the same repeating cycle of slumpiness and it's killing the team's shrinking playoff chances. Blame whoever you want for it, and there's plenty to go around, but boy it sure would be nice to see this cycle broken and get a few guys all swinging the bat well at the same time. Just for a change of pace if nothing else.