Their only good starting pitcher is on the shelf and may need Tommy John surgery. Most of their best position players are old and/or broken. They just flailed their way through a 47-47 first half. But the Yankees are still in it.
At least according to manager Joe Girardi.
Despite all the disastrous goings-on in the Bronx, things are not as bad as they could be in Joe Girardi’s estimation. The skipper said via The LoHud Yankees Blog:
With everything that we’ve had go wrong, we’re still in it. That’s the big thing, and we have to take advantage of that when we get back to work on Friday.
Well yes Joe, I guess technically you are right. You are in third place only 5 games behind the Orioles at the break. Five games isn’t a lot to make up with a whole half-season of baseball still to play.
But here’s the problem: You are still old and unhealthy and you still have no starting pitchers. Not to rain on the positivity parade, Joe. But Masahiro Tanaka is probably not going to get back, no matter how much monkey testosterone (or whatever that stuff is) they inject into his ligaments.
Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran and Brian Roberts are not going to suddenly become five years younger.
If I may steal a line from Rick Pitino, Bernie Williams ain’t walking through that door.
The truth: The Yankees went into the year looking mediocre and they played to expectations. And that was with Tanaka dominating everyone until his injury. And now Tanaka is gone.
So the Yankees are done. Get used to third place Joe because that’s where you will be stuck for awhile.