Friday, June 02, 2006

Yankees' Bench

As much as the Yankees' bench has been critisized this season, with many people saying things like "I guess $200 million doesn't buy depth," they've done just fine.

Of course I was in attendance for a game in which Miguel Cairo and Kelly Stinnett combined for 7 hits.

Despite a heavy reliance on the bench recently, due to necessity, and the Yankees consistently using four players in their lineup many nights who were scheduled to be spending their playing time as defensive replacement, pinch runners, or in AAA, for the first time since 1958 the Yankees have gotten at least 10 hits in nine consecutive games.

Sheffield is on the DL for the 2nd time, Matsui has been gone for a while. Damon, Jeter, Posada, and Giambi have all missed time with injuries. Even ARod is out tonight with a stomach illness. The Yankees still lead the league in runs scored, which is probably the only reason they have not gone out and made a deal for anybody.

1 comment:

Sully said...

What I was getting at with the $200 million depth comment was that most teams wouldn't be forced into signing three or four minor league free agents in the span of a week or so, one of them being Terrence Long (who was added to the ML roster almost immediately). I know Crosby, a bench player, also got hurt, I don't really think they were sold on him being able to play every day in place of Sheffield or Matsui.