Would the end be official if they don't make the playoffs this year? Is this just a slump or something more ominous? Or will things turn around once Bernie and Nick come back in a month? So far I'm seeing some disturbing signs:
1. No relief pitchers. It's hard to compare this bullpen back in its heyday when Nelson, Stanton, and Mendoza were at their peak. Just adding Urbina won't fix things, they need at least another reliable pitcher besides Hammond and Weaver doesn't cut it. I truly think this is one factor that can keep them out of the playoffs.
2. Underperforming mercs. "Groundzilla." Nuff said. Oh wait, there's Contreras, Giambi (until recently), and probably Clemens after he hits 300 wins and semi-retires mid-season.
3. The Georgie factor. Looks like he's jealous of Torre's respect and he's been trying to undermine him all season. Diverting Contreras to Florida, then booting Weaver from the rotation; making Jeter Captain; and trading for Ruben Sierra. All things to tweak good 'ol Joe. Now after this no-hitter, I'm expecting him to fire the hitting coach. Why does this matter? The Yankees did well because he gave Cashman and Torre lots of slack. Now he's back to meddling like he did before the Torre era. And we all remember what that was like? No? That's because the Yankees sucked.
I know it's all doom and gloom but there's still hope the Yanks can bounce back and maybe resemble what they were in April. But who knows if they can overcom all these deficits. I think the next 4 weeks will be critical.
Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.