”I think he’s on the right track,” New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said about pitcher Luis Severino despite the loss against the Boston Red Sox according to Yahoo Sports. ”If he throws the ball like tonight, I think he’s going to win games if we score runs. … To me, this is going to make him better in the long run.”
Hopefully Severino can be their ace of the team by the end of May. The Yankees know that time is not on their side when it comes to winning games. They have been one of the worst offensive teams in the MLB even in 30 games. No constant effort to revival back the offensive force displayed from last season.
The organization as a whole starting to be impatient with the lack of production from the players, even if they are an older team. Now in order for them to save their season, they have to be the best team in the month of May and it starts out with the best player on the team: Jacoby Ellsbury.
Ellsbury since coming into the team has been a disappointment, always getting injured when it counts most. The Yankees expected him to be the man of the team after Robinson Cano’s departure to the Seattle Mariners on a 10 year contract. When healthy, Ellsbury is one of the best players offensively and defensively. He can be a headache by stealing bases and making terrific catches.
This has not been the case as he continues to be an afterthought. Ellsbury has to be consistent again since Alex Rodriguez is banged up already. They can’t be relying on a 40 year-old player, who had a great year last season, but is slowing falling back down to earth. The addition of Starlin Castro is a nice pickup, for the first eight games of the season. But it’s not enough.
All the starting pitchers have been inconsistent, not knowing which will get a win off a terrible offense combined with bad pitching. The bullpen is the strength of this team and arguably top five in the league. The Yankees need that and a solid offense. If this team wants to be relevant come July, they have to get a winning record this month. It starts with Ellsbury, then the pitchers, and the bullpen for them to make a push in the standings.