So much for riding high and beating up on the weak sisters of the National League.
After getting drubbed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, 12-5, last night the Yankees have now dropped three of four to the also-ran Reds and Pirates.
This is no way to climb back into playoff contention. Rather than a contender, the Yankees again look like a middle of the road team springing leaks everywhere you look.
That starts, of course, with the starting pitching. Perhaps it was appropriate that Aaron Small, hero of the 2005 season, was in the ballpark last night. Darrell Rasner, who looked like he had inherited the glass slipper from Small, was hit hard for the second time in three outings and fell to 4-5.
It seems like open auditions again at the back of the rotation, with Rasner, Dan Giese, Sidney Ponson and perhaps even Jeff Karstens in the mix. Oh, and Ian Kennedy has begun rehab. There have been rumors that the Yankees are interested in Bronson Arroyo of Cincinnati. Shoot, even Carl Pavano’s name has been uttered.
Then, of course, there is still the Kyle Farnsworth issue. Not only is he hurting right now, but Peter Abraham of the Journal News has the gory details on how bad Krazy Kyle has been since Joba Chamberlain became a starter. The numbers are ugly.
On top of that, you have hot-hitting Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui both hurting and a 28-year-old rookie (Justin Christian) now playing left field.
After ever so briefly looking like, well, the Yankees they are right back to looking like a team that might not be good enough to get it done this time around.