Yanks drop another; Hank picks up the phone
I thought Hank Steinbrenner had been a little too quiet lately, didn’t you? The Yankees co-chairman had a few comments after last night’s 2-1 loss in 11 innings, and it seems that Hank has been mighty impressed with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Who isn’t? They’re the first place Tampa Bay Rays, after all, and they seem to be playing with a passion and energy that the Yankees aren’t right now. Of course, the Rays aren’t drawing many to Tropicana Field, but those who are coming out are getting a good show.
The Yankees didn’t lose last night because of pitching, not in the least. Chien-Ming Wang kept them in the game for seven innings and Mariano Rivera was bound to give up a run sometime. But where is the offense? At this point, you wonder if they should consider activating Jorge Posada and solely using him as a DH. They won’t, in all likelihood, because his best value to the Yankees is as a catcher and they don’t want to reaggravate that shoulder. But they need a bat from somewhere, and A-Rod can’t be activated soon enough.
Interesting stat in today’s USA Today, which I always try to give a read-through over lunch on the road. The idea, presented by Ron Shandler, is that Robinson Cano’s ‘contact rate’ of 89.4 (at-bats minus strikeouts divided by at-bats) is so high that there’s no way he can continue to be a .183 hitter. That high contact rate – or so it would seem – suggests that Cano has fallen into an inordinate amount of hard luck through the first few weeks of the season.