Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Posted by el duque at 7:14 AM
I never thought I would say this, but we miss Ben Francisco. That is, an OF in the OF. We stick Lyle Overbay in right, knowing he cannot play right, out of respect for his citizenship and commitment to the Yankiverse. For his work on behalf of the Yankee ownership charity, he deserves a Rolex and celebrity roast hosted by the electrified corpse of Dean Martin. When a fly ball doinks down in front of him - the first of many, as this bizarre experiment continues - there's nobody to blame, because - after all - we have a firstbaseman playing right.
But wait: We have a firstbaseman playing 3B, too - although he's hitting like Ben Francisco. Kevin Youkilis is teaming with Vernon Wells to become a RH-hitting duo as exciting to the Yankiverse fans as Brooks and Shields are to the PBS News Hour. This is like some Mark Twain short story about a deal with the devil: For 10 years, I've been waiting for Youkilis' to fall apart; it's finally happening, while he's a Yankee.
Wells might get hot again - he was in April - but it's becoming clear that he is like that roller coaster that got hauled into ocean by Hurricane Sandy: I'm not sure we want to try riding it again. If I were an opposing manager, when the Yankees come to town, I'd call up every lefty in the system, even if I had to go to Sarasota to find them.
Between Overbay, David Adams, Youkilis and Teixeira, you might think the Yankees have the infield corners covered. Nevertheless, we still see Jayson Nix occasionally playing 3B. I am at a loss to explain this to children. It's like the way Milo Milobender in Catch-22 orchestrated the market for chin straps - it's too confusing. I'm waiting for Jayson Nix to play first.
OK, I get rattled when the Yankees lose the way they did last night. This was a nine-inning beating, a loss never in doubt from the first pitch, being shut down by a guy we threw overboard two years ago, thinking we'd rung out the last droplets of testosterone from his gonads. (Well, that's another issue.) Then again, we were shut down a month ago by Freddy Garcia. Why not Bartolo? Be thankful Sidney Ponson is out of baseball. And that we're still within striking distance of everything.
But here is the best description I can give of the 2013 Yankees:
We're pretty tough when our pitchers hold the other team to two runs or less. Anything else, and we're just covering the spread.