Monday, May 14, 2007

Pushing the Panic Button

Yep, it's time.

It's getting far too late in the season to be diddling away a series against lowly Seattle. Far too late to be two games under .500. Far too late to be this far out of the division and Wild Card races.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is the team the Yankees broke camp with. The team Cashman put together with his newfound authority. No more blaming injuries, or April weather. The Yankees just flat out aren't that good.

2005 was an aberration, not a pattern to be repeated. The Yankees defied the odds and the gods that year by turning around a season in disarray. It's certainly possible that they'll do it again, but the hole is getting deeper, and rookie Chien-Ming Wang is not walking through that door. Rookie Robinson Cano is not walking through that door.

The offense disgraced themselves against Seattle. ARod has reverted back to 2006 form. Giambi is inflexible and overmatched against good pitching. Matsui can't get it going. Cano looks more and more like a fluke. Johnny Damon looks more and more like a financial albatross. Is Coco Crisp available?

And let's not forget, with two outs in the top of the ninth yesterday in a one-run game, with the tying run on second base, who came to bat for this mighty Murderers' Row with the game on the line? Motherfucking Minky, that's who. Thanks, Cash. Great plan at first base this year.

It's not dark yet, but it's getting there...