The Yankees made a strong strategic signing yesterday when they signed former Mariner Richie Sexon. While Sexon was in the midst of his worst season ever, he is hitting .344 versus left-handed pitching, one of the Yankees woeful flaws.
So now we’ve watched an awesome pregame show to the All-Star Game, an awesome, but wayyyy too long All-Star Game, and now we get back to live, solid baseball.
The Yankees need to do 2 main things. Have strong starting pitching and HIT. The pitching is the biggest question mark. Mike Mussina needs to continue to pitch strongly night in and night out and keep the Yankees in games. If he has the stamina, the Yanks will be in good shape. Darrell Rasner hopefully used this break to rest up and fix a flaw or two because he is big in that role. Another starter via trade would be helpful.
Hediki Matsui possibly being lost for the year is going to be costly for the Yanks offense. Brian Cashman, the Yanks GM, needs to make one or two more moves to solidify an offense that has struggled. Derek Jeter seemed to have been hitting his stride towards the last couple games before the All-Star break but it is the rest of the offense, especially the lefties that needs to stay hot.
The bullpen is OK for now, with MO pitching lights out. But it’s the starting offense and pitching that will dictate if this Yankees team makes the playoffs or not.