Well, on the bright side, at least no one could accuse the Yankees of hitting too many home runs yesterday. It’s just one game. Just one 8-2 loss to the rival Red Sox on Opening Day, a taut contest turned sleeper during which, fittingly, the conditions changed from sunshine to clouds to a driving rain that virtually emptied Yankee Stadium by the final out. Just one game in which the Yankees validated the worst-case projection: Between injuries and departures, their April offense looks like it can barely compete. And we aren’t sure when the reinforcements are arriving. “As far as having a different type of lineup, yes, we are a different type of lineup, no doubt about that,” Joe Girardi said after the game. “We’re not a club that is going to hit home runs. We’re going to have to score runs other ways, and we did other things in spring training, and we’ll continue to do it. “We had some guys come in late, and I think I have a pretty good idea what they’re capable of. And we’ll go from there.” Are you familiar with the story of the 1965 Yankees? General manager Ralph Houk asked reporters, “Do you really think [Mickey] Mantle won’t hit, that [Elston] Howard won’t hit, that [Roger] Maris won’t hit?” It turned out that, after that trio posted spectacular 1964 campaigns, Howard didn’t hit, Maris barely played due to injuries and Mantle, while still putting up strong numbers, dropped off dramatically. These current Yankees face an inverted dilemma. Based on their recent seasons, do you really think that Vernon Wells will hit, that Travis Hafner will stay healthy, that Lyle Overbay will provide any value whatsoever?
No Bombers in Bronx — no smallball either
New York Post | Apr 2