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New York Yankees Struggling Offense Could Use Alex Rodriguez in Their Lineup Right Now

May 21st, 2014 at 12:30 PM
By Doug Rush

Some of the New York Yankees offense has been going through a bit of a rough patch over the last couple of weeks even though they are in the thick of the American League East division race.

Jacoby Ellsbury, who was once hitting .346 on May 3 and .317 on May 7 is now hitting .269 and has been in a 1-for-22 slump which is why his batting average has taken a tumble.

Brian McCann, who was once hitting .261 on April 23 is now hitting .221 and while he's been the victim of the shift, he's still had his fair share of 0-for kind of nights.

But a big blow to the Yankees is the potential surgery that may be needed to Carlos Beltran, who also dealt with struggles, going from .261 down to .234 before landing on the disabled list on May 12 and if he needs surgery on his elbow, could be out 8-10 weeks.

After the Yankees 6-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night and a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, the Yankees offense has been in a bit of a dry-spell minus Mark Teixeira and Yangervis Solarte and during these kind of games, they sure could use the bat of Alex Rodriguez, who is in the middle of a season-long suspension for his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis case of purchasing and using performance enhancement drugs.

Rodriguez last played for the Yankees in the 2013 season where in 44 games, hit .244 with seven home runs and 19 RBI, although he saw his batting average drop because of sore legs and that was due to not having a full spring training to get ready. Rodriguez was recovering from hip surgery all winter and didn't get ready for the season until last July, yet the 38-year-old Rodriguez outperformed every other player the Yankees trotted out at third place; one of which was Kevin Youkilis, who was paid $12 million to play 28 games.

A-Rod's replacement this season, Kelly Johnson, is currently hitting .206 with four home runs and 12 RBI and is also in the middle of a 1-for-13 slide and why Solarte is seeing more time at third base over Johnson as Johnson's low average at the plate keeps him as a reserve on the bench.

Now the Yankees could always snap out of their funk and start hitting again like they could on Wednesday when they play the Chicago Cubs, but over the recent part of their schedule, the Yankees offense has seen its woes and when they fail to score runs in critical times, it's those times that the Yankees could use their suspended slugger in the lineup.

Those who think the Yankees are better off without A-Rod in the Yankees lineup are only fooling themselves. Sure, A-Rod might not be the MVP caliber talent that they gave a 10-year, $275 million deal to back in 2007, but he's still capable of being an impact bat and one the Yankees will miss at times, like right now during a collective offensive slump.

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Tags: A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, Baseball, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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