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Yankees fighting Murphy’s Law

by Mike Bauman -

It is one thing to have bad luck. It is another to have bad performances. But when you have both bad luck and bad performances, you’re going to be at 10 least games out of first place by the middle of May.

Welcome to the New York Yankees’ 2007 season. The Yankees have certainly had more than their share of misfortune in the young season, particularly with injuries to pitchers.

Another one occurred on Saturday, when starting pitcher Darrell Rasner took a one-hop smash from Endy Chavez off his right hand and had to leave the game, just two batters into his start, with a fractured index finger. Just 20 days earlier, the Yankees had lost another young starter in strikingly similar circumstances, when Jeff Karstens had his right fibia fractured by a batted ball.

This is misfortune, and so is the larger pitching picture, with a total of six Yankees starters on the disabled list at one time or another. There is no need to understate or overstate; most of this is bad luck of the pure and simple variety.

But the rest of it, the 18-23 record, the double-digit deficit to the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, is the product of inadequate baseball. It is the product of the Yankees playing in such a way that they no longer resemble themselves.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. But when will it turn around?

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