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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Klapisch: Yanks need Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira to lead way to postseason

Mark sends a Tex message! (okay…who pressed the new Invisible Tex app?)

September will require more than a better winning percentage, it means a full makeover for Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira, who combined to hit .201 with 14 RBI in August. The two were part of a much larger problem for the Yankees, who rank 13th in the American League in runs and have a minus-27 run differential. ESPN.com says it’s practically hopeless, giving the Bombers a mere 5 percent chance of getting to the playoffs.

The lineup poses two distinct problems for Joe Girardi in particular. He has no everyday replacement for Teixeira, yet watches his first baseman struggling to make contact, let alone drive the ball into the gaps. Over the last month, Teixeira has been striking out once every three at-bats, a decline so steep one talent evaluator said, “It feels like I’m watching a totally different player” than the one the Yankees signed in 2009.

“[Teixeira] only seems to hit mistakes now,” said the scout. That’s what’s so demoralizing to ownership: Teixeira is owed another $45 million through 2016, which means the Yankees are stuck with him, just as they’ll be left to figure out what to do about Carlos Beltran, who’s also signed through ’16.

...To be fair to Jeter, he’s stayed healthy all year, playing 111 games in the field. He’ll likely finish with at least 130, making good on a vow to overcome the effects of a devastating ankle fracture in 2012. But the grind appears to have had a corrosive effect on Jeter, as it would any 40-year-old. One major-league executive said, “Derek just looks tired sometimes.”

Good luck trying to get Jeter to understand the concern. His legacy is secure, his popularity with the fans at an all-time high. There’s no doubt Jeter would be embarrassed by a demotion to, say, the No. 6 spot. But what choice does Girardi have? He’s on the verge of missing the playoffs for the second straight year – a catastrophic setback for a franchise that spent $483 million last winter to ensure October wouldn’t be dark again.

 

Repoz Posted: September 02, 2014 at 10:35 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jdennis Posted: September 02, 2014 at 11:07 AM (#4783632)
Hey they are also stuck with another aging star, Ichiro, and they could use him reverting back to .350 for the last month too...

This could be applied to several more people on the team.
   2. Misirlou has S.C.M.O.D.S Posted: September 02, 2014 at 11:13 AM (#4783638)
If Jeter, Ichiro, Tex, and Beltran all suddenly reverted to their peak forms, they still would be a long shot fot the playoffs. They are 5 out of the second WC, behind Seattle, and tied with Cleveland.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2014 at 11:21 AM (#4783651)
Wouldn't it be better if some of the new guys led them to the post-season? I don't see Jeter and Tex being around for that much longer.
   4. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 02, 2014 at 11:30 AM (#4783667)
I need to go now, Bob, because I'm, uh, due back on planet Earth.
   5. nick swisher hygiene Posted: September 02, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4783678)
2--well, three in the loss column. but their chances suck.

How much money would I have to pay the site to stop Repoz from ever posting about the Yankees again?
   6. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: September 02, 2014 at 11:40 AM (#4783680)
If Jeter, Ichiro, Tex, and Beltran all suddenly reverted to their peak forms, they still would be a long shot fot the playoffs. They are 5 out of the second WC, behind Seattle, and tied with Cleveland.


They're four out of the second Wild Card. They're still a long shot, but they could also be tied with the Tigers for the second Wild Card on Saturday. Baseball is weird.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2014 at 11:45 AM (#4783691)
The Yankees have a worse pythag than the Mets. That's interesting.
   8. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 02, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4783706)
Klapisch: Yanks need Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira to lead way to postseason


And all we need to stymie ISIS and the Russkies is to bring back Ike and MacArthur.

   9. nick swisher hygiene Posted: September 02, 2014 at 11:57 AM (#4783713)
Klapisch: Yanks need Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira to lead way to postseason


And all we need to stymie ISIS and the Russkies is to bring back Ike and MacArthur.



Andy, there's one difference, which creates a problem for your analogy: the famous military-industrial complex warning provides sound
evidence that, late in his career, Eisenhower had the ability to move to the left.
   10. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: September 02, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4783731)
How much money would I have to pay the site to stop Repoz from ever posting about the Yankees again?


We can start a GoFundMe.
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: September 02, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4783778)

Yankees fan callers to WFAN radio in NY going after Jeter today. One ardent defender of the man was asked, "Ok, all that is true - but you don't want him hitting first or second, do you?" caller conceded no.

oddly, the acceleration of the slide seems to coincide with the wearing of those cleats that said "MVP" on them.

   12. Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 02, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4783785)
That's almost as odd as an old player wearing down as the season progressed to the finish line.

But nah the sneaker thing makes much moar sense.
   13. Ron J2 Posted: September 02, 2014 at 02:16 PM (#4783830)
#2 But if Babe Ruth would just hit like prime Babe Ruth then those guys reverting to form would make all of the difference.

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