Welcome to the last day of this silly month, which has seen the Yankees go a mediocre 14-14. They had a few highs, like taking two of three from the Rays on May 8-10 and a five-game winning streak from May 22-27 against the Royals and A's, but a 2-7 stretch in the middle of the month really put a downer on May. The Yankees will be happy to turn the page and start June tomorrow after the off-day today. They'll begin the month with three in Detroit, then travel home and host the Rays and the Mets for three games each before hitting the road again for three each in Atlanta and Washington. The Yanks will then return the favor and host the Braves for three and subsequently play three at Citi Field against the Mets. The month ends with a homestand: three games against Cleveland, and four games against the White Sox (the last of which is on July 1st). Off-days will be mixed in on June 4th, 14th, and 21st, meaning that in all likelihood, I will endure a stretch of only one Gameday Thread and Recap in five weeks- what do you have against the Yanks playing on Thursdays, Selig? (They also have scheduled off-days on the following Thursdays: July 5th, 12th, and 26th, and August 2nd, 23rd, and 30th- boooo). On a more relevant note, I'm not a fan of interleague, but I'll be excited to see the Yanks take on Bryce Harper and possibly Stephen Strasburg. Here's to a better month.
Enough rambling. Time for some news.
- The Yankee Analysts explored the opportunities the Yankees might have if they decide to sign a younger third baseman in the offseason and make Alex Rodriguez a full-time DH. I can't say I'm much of a fan of the names they came up with, though if A-Rod becomes more injury-prone, the Yanks might not have an option of who to turn to man the hot corner.
- Baseball Analytics has figured out Russell Martin's main problem at the plate thus far in 2012-- he cannot hit pitches low in the strike zone. He only has one hit on low pitches this year, and he's hitting .127 with a .258 wOBA since 2010 on low pitches. Yikes.
- The Yankees are a different team with the bases loaded these days. They hit .344 with the bases loaded in 2010 and .337 in 2011, but this year, they are hitting .151. They've had some great luck the previous two years, so I'm inclined to believe that it's probably about time the luck went the other way (not that I enjoy this change at all). Given the team's offensive power, I doubt that they will continue to hit poorly throughout the season.
- Have a day, Gary Sanchez. He had two doubles, a homer, and seven RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday for Charleston.
- Brett Gardner is about to start rehabbing again! Somewhere, IGYAR's heart jut skipped a beat.