Originally written on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 10/29/14
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When Derek Jeter went out with an ankle injury a few days ago, that pretty much spelled doom for the Yankees post-season hopes. That was after manager Joe Girardi pulled the plug on Alex Rodriguez for the playoffs.Sure, Mark Texeira is still playing first base, but after that, who and what is there?"At least I'm not leading theteam in strikeouts,right Granderson?"The Yankees only have four players above or close to hitting .300. And one of those is Jeter. The others are Texeria, Suzuki, and Ibanez. Jayson Nix is hitting .286 and Eduardo Nunez is at .250. After that, you might as well go cliff diving. The rest of the lineup is hitting less than .200, and that includes Alex Rodriguez. Let's not forget Curtis Granderson, who is hitting .103 with 15 strikeouts. And he hasn't missed a game, unlike A-Rod.The pitching staff, on the other hand, has been been almost stellar. Andy Petitte has the highest ERA among starters at a respectable 3.29. Unfortunately though, their run support has been awful. CC Sabathia is the only starter to actually record a win. The other win was recorded by bullpen pitcher David Robertson against Baltimore.The Boston Red Sox made news this season for all of the wrong reasons. New manager Bobby Valentine lasted only one season, and the Sox were generally bad, especially in the second half of the season. Now, I don't expect Yankees brass to make any moves regarding Girardi. I think he's going to be there for many years. But I wouldn't be surprised to see the Yankees go out and try to get some quality arms and bats this off-season, without spending boatloads of money. The Orioles and the Rays have been built from their farm systems. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Yankees make that turn as well.
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