Ode to Brett Gardner.
After a perennial sluggish start, the New York Yankees have smoothed out the kinks and are playing solid baseball again.
This doesn’t mean the Yankees problems are solved but it does show fans that the Bombers can still compete at the top, which was once again somewhat in question not so long ago.
At this point in the season, no team is home free. The likelihood of more slumps and injuries are as unavoidable as they are unpredictable but there are always concerns that teams can prepare for beforehand.
For the Yankees that concern is replacing the still injured Brett Gardner.
Gardner brings a dynamic to the Yankees that cannot be replaced with anyone on the 25-man current roster.
No one can steal bags like Gardner, but my concern is the lack of defense that is now in left field everyday.
THE CURRENT SITUATION:
Heading into the dog days of summer platooning Raul Ibanez, Dewayne Wise and Andruw Jones in left field just aren’t realistic long-term options.