The New York Yankees once again failed miserably to produce runs on Sunday versus the Kansas City Royals in a losing effort and it continues to become more and more apparent that New York's offense is a bigger problem than its pitching.
The story was the same on Sunday: the Yankees couldn't complete rallies after going 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position against the Royals, which has been the case this entire season.
Coming into Sunday, the Yanks were batting .257 with runners in scoring position and their 188 runs scored are good enough for No. 20 in Major League Baseball. With two outs and runners in scoring position, the Yanks are even worse with a .215 average.
So, the problem isn't getting runners on base, but rather getting them in. It has become routine for the Bronx Bombers to get leadoff hitters on or runners in scoring position with less than two outs and fail to get so much as a sacrifice fly to drive them in.
A month ago it would have been near insane to say the Yanks' starting rotation was more stable than their offense. After all, 60 percent of the team's starting rotation has been on the shelf for quite some time and guys like David Phelps and Vidal Nuno have been inconsistent.
Still, that isn't the reason why the Yanks are losing. Those pitchers have at least kept the Bombers in most games they've started with a few exceptions.
They are losing because their highly-paid offense simply isn't delivering. Not to mention, with the great pitching of Masahiro Tanaka, the surprise effectiveness of Chase Whitley and Hiroki Kurda beginning to rebound, the Yanks starting five is looking a bit more reliable nowadays.
So, where's the relief coming from for the scoring problem?
How does nobody get fired or cut because of that garbage?! 1 for 17 with RISP! You have to TRY REALLY HARD to be that inept. #Yankees
— Brandon Mauk (@B_Mauk) June 8, 2014
The Yanks have more than enough bats in their lineup to recover offensively. It just seems the batting order can't put it altogether and can't come through in the clutch. There isn't really a trade the Yanks can make to fix that and instead, they must hope the problem corrects itself.
That doesn't mean the Yanks don't need to add pitching in July because that is still a very true statement. However, now the Yanks have to seriously consider adding a bat at the deadline in order to give their struggling offense a boost for the second half of the season.
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