Yankees can't score without home runs
The Yankees hit 3 home runs in a 6-4 loss. They lead baseball in that department with 108 long balls, but it seems like that's the only way they produce runs. In both the first and second inning the Yankees had Mets starter Jon Niese in trouble; to little surprise of Yankee fans who follow this team daily, they failed to deliver a clutch two out hit that didn't involve a ball going over the wall. Conversely, the overachieving Mets had a key two out hit from Justin Turner off Andy Pettitte that gave the Mets a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The Yankees then had Mets closer Frank Francisco in trouble in the 9th, but somehow Curtis Granderson decided a fastball down the middle of the plate wasn't a good enough pitch to hit and struck out looking. Mark Teixeira followed with a pop up to end the game, and now after putting together 10 consecutive wins, the Yankees have dropped 3 straight.
This issue for the Yankees has haunted them all season; they are 1-13 in games they have failed to homer. It's to the point where you expect them to fail in certain situations. Guys like Granderson, who has 21 home runs, but is hitting just .251. Yankees are hitting just .261 as a team. Granderson seems lost in situational hitting; same can be said for Teixeira and Swisher. The Yankees are batting just .208 with runners in scoring position with 2 outs.
Since the Yankees dynasty where they won 4 world championships in 5 years, they have only won one since. A large reason is due to an inability to get big hits without a home run. It's very frustrating as a fan to watch, especially after guys like Paul O'Neill, Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez, Scott Brosius and even the captain Derek Jeter seldom disappointed in clutch situations. Now we're stuck with home run or failure.
No doubt in my mind the Yankees will make the postseason, but against top pitching it could be another early round exit as we've grown accustomed to recently.