(This guy sucks. Courtesy of the AP)
(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
The Yankees lost for the 7th time in their last 9 game last night, and they lost again primarily because their lineup simply can't score. They're the Beavis and Butthead of offensive production, and at the halfway point of the regular season it's no longer a matter of waiting for guys to get healthy, get comfortable, or "come around". It's a huge problem, one that's been the biggest reason why this team is floundering around the .500 mark with one of the worst run differentials in MLB and one that needs to be addressed immediately.
Up to now, Joe has been hesitant to do too much with the lineup. The last move of significance he made was demoting Alfonso Soriano to the bench and that happened weeks ago. The front office has also been hesitant to make any moves, be they of the "shakeup" variety or the variety that actually helps improve the team. There have been plenty of suggestions over the past few weeks as to what can be done to help get the offense going and both Joe and Cash have plenty of options in front of them should they decide to stop doing nothing. With the trade deadline drawing closer every day and the postseason race about to really begin, here's a quick recap of the paths that can be taken to try to generate more offense.