Not Time for the New York Yankees to Make Drastic Changes, Not Yet at Least
Posted by Rich Stowe on May 3, 2011
Derek Jeter sucks offensively this year, plain and simple. His two best hits have been doubles, but they were ground ball doubles.
Brett Gardner has more home runs than Jeter and Nick Swisher combined, but his OBP is .325 and he’s only stolen four bases but has been caught stealing four times as well.
Phil Hughes has zero velocity and it’s nothing physical based on recent tests.
Rafael Soriano has an ERA over .650 and a WHIP over 1.700.
These facts have New York Yankees fans up in arms yelling for the lineup to be shaken up and I have even seen Jesus Montero-for-Erik Bedard suggestions. All I have to say is hold your horses.
Yes, there are aspects of the New York Yankees that have fans very concerned. However, all those fans have to do is look at the standings of the American League East. If they do, they’ll see that even with all these issues, the New York Yankees sit in first place, three games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays and are 17-9 (a .654 winning percentage).
Even with Jeter looking like he needs to retire and Gardner looking like last year was a fluke, there’s no need to panic. Not yet at least. The offense is doing just fine without their contributions and provided it can continue, there’s absolutely no need to make any changes. If they weren’t winning games and scoring runs, I’d be concerned. However, if the players mentioned above don’t turn it around soon, then Joe Girardi will have to consider making drastic changes such as dropping Derek Jeter far down the order or even using Curtis Granderson as the leadoff hitter. I’m sure Brian Cashman is already making plans to trade for some hitter to bring in if the situation calls for it, but that time is not in May.