Saturday, April 5, 2014
Posted by Alphonso at 10:31 AM
If you all read El Duque's message you don't have to read this one. He gets up much earlier than I do. I think we all know the reason for that, but I digress.
Since the Yankee fade into irrelevance last season, it has been an on going issue that the team is far too old, and for too long has been without any exciting prospects. Add to that the retirement of Mariano, and the in-process retirement of Derek, and you suddenly have issues.
There are great players like Jose Reyes whose strength ( in his case, speed ) are also their weakness. He almost never plays and he has been in the league a long time now. Mark Tiexiera may be following a similar pattern, although his strength is certainly not speed. But he used to have power; he used to get big moment hits; and he always saved a ton of errors from the left side of our infield, while fielding flawlessly himself. Inside of four games this season, he has made two obvious errors; shown an absence of pop in his bat; and is now injury-tweaked.
So, I must ask, who is next? Jacoby? Roberts? Carlos? Derek?
Hopefully, no one gets hurt, Tex returns, and we make a run. But I can see disaster over the hill, just as Duque forewarns.
We won yesterday behind an initially shaky, but then solid effort by Tanaka and our relievers. But take a closer look; Solarte at 3rd ( although this kid looks amazing for the moment…..let's see what happens when they stop feeding him fastballs ); that career AAA guy at short ( got his first major league hit yesterday ); Roberts ( a short-termer even if he remains healthy ) at second; and Kelly Johnson at first.
Does this not remind one of the line-up circa September, 2013, even though the names are changed to protect the innocent?
The thing of it is: we don't have quality depth waiting in the wings for our position players. Our best depth may be at catcher, where we have the least vulnerability ( at present ) at the major league level.
And we have at least one quality outfielder and some more good pitching in the minors. But third, short, second and first ( sometimes called the infield ) seem wastelands as far as quality depth is concerned.
Kelly Johnson, by the way, had only played 12 ( minor league ) games at third before he started there. Now he is starting at first where he has even less experience.
Although I thought he looked pretty good over there last night.
Keep your fingers crossed.
P.S. I had two years ago predicted that Pineda would never pitch for us. Now let's see if he can.
See you at 1pm.