By Lenn Robbins
The Yankees didn’t blink.
They just shut their eyes on the season.
Is it possible this offensive juggernaut can offset the recent horrible starting pitching and lead the Bombers to a 28th World Series title? Of course.
But that lineup took another hit on Wednesday when manager Aaron Boone announced that first baseman Luke Voit is headed to the injured listed with a sports hernia. If Voit needs surgery he could be lost for the season.
That’s 19 home runs missing from the lineup.
Also out of the lineup is
Giancarlo Stanton (PCL), Gary Sanchez (groin) and Brett Gardner (knee). Although
that lineup remains potent, good pitching has always shut down good hitting in
And Wednesday was all about the postseason.
The trade deadline came and went with GM Brian Cashman failing to land a quality starter. Cashman has earned the benefit of the doubt. He told reporters he would not be pressured into a trade. Only he knows what teams were asking him to part with for a quality starter.
The Yankees, who improved to 68-39 with a 7-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, improved their lead in the AL East to eight games over the Rays and 9.5 games over the Red Sox. But they didn’t improve their pitching which makes hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy a daunting task.
The Yankees saw Zack Greinke go to the Astros. Trevor Bauer go to the Reds. Marcus Stroman go to the Mets. Madison Bumgarner stay in San Francisco, and Zach Wheeler and Noah Syndegaard remain with the Mets.
Division leaders Astros, Indians, and Dodgers have better starting pitching on paper. They’re lineups also are potent.
Let the games begin.
Is it possible the Yankees get the boost they need from the return of Luis Severino (lat strain) from the injured list? Sure. But he has yet to pitch this season.
Is it possible the pen is bolstered by the return of Dellin Betances (right shoulder strain)? Sure. But he too has yet to pitch this season.
August in here. The race to October has begun. The Yankees are the same team they were in July, the same franchise as the one that hasn’t won a World Series since 2009.
If they don’t win it this year, the Yankees may very well look back on Wednesday.