Since Jorge Posada's retirement at the end of the 2011 season, the New York Yankees have been looking for the next "great" Yankee catcher. They thought they had him when they signed Brian McCann to a $85 million, five year deal, this past off-season. But so far, the results have not been what McCann or the Yankees expected, when the seven time All-Star made the move to the Bronx this season.
In an interview with Brendan Kuty/N.J.com, McCann called his first half with the Yankees, "Horrible". McCann who came into this season with high expectations, told Kuty that he is disappointed with this performance, but feels he can still turn things around. " You know, I feel good behind the plate," McCann said."But swinging the bat, I need to get better." McCann has handled the pitching staff well, but has not been able to find consistency on offense.
McCann is currently hitting .221 with 9 home runs and 36 RBI, overall. He has shown decent power this season, but his numbers are well below his lifetime average of .273, 25 homers and 96 RBI. Through his struggles, McCann told Kuty that he feels a lot of pressure when the team loses. "It's putting a lot. Myself–I'm a big reason for that," McCann said.
McCann feels that although the Yankees offense has been struggling, it's been the pitching that has kept the Yankees atop the AL East. "Our pitching staff has been amazing," McCann told Kuty. "It's the big reason why we're at where we're at." The Yankees have been marred by injuries in the first half and still have managed to contend in their division. Manager Joe Girardi has called his teams first half performance, "up and down."
As the Yankees look to put an inconsistent first half behind them, McCann feels that the team has the makeup to improve in the second half. "We just got to keep grinding," McCann said. "I've got faith in myself and I think we'll swing the bats better."
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