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5 Reasons New York Yankees Fans Should Throw in the Towel for 2013

Injuries Have Robbed Team of Offensive Punch with No Guarantee of Help in 2nd Half

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COMMENTARY | For New York Yankees fans, 2013 has been a strange experience.

With injuries sidelining four All-Star performers at the start of the season, the Yankees' goal was to just stay afloat until the cavalry could arrive in the form of Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson coming back to the lineup in May and Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez on the way around the All-Star break.

Early on, the Yankees were able to lean on surprising performances from veterans such as Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay, 30-somethings who were considered to be washed up based on their recent performance.

As recently as May 26, the Yankees were in first place in the rugged American League East, a division in which no team is currently worse than .500. But there are signs aplenty that this season is starting to get away from the Bronx Bombers and a plethora of reasons why New York's streak of consecutive postseason appearances is likely over at five.

5. The kids on the farm haven't exactly dazzled: Scouts and other talent evaluators have said for a couple of years that the Yankees had a dearth of major-league ready talent in the farm system. Man, did they read that right. David Adams is hitting .179/.220/.274 in 101 plate appearances. Eduardo Nunez posted a .200/.290/.275 line in 95 PA. Austin Romine, allegedly the catcher of the future, is hitting .150/.164/.200 in 63 PA. Zoilo Almonte started like a house afire, but has only had 25 PA and is at .318/.400/.545. So ... one out of four ain't .... wait, yes it is bad.

4. CC Sabathia hasn't pitched like an ace: Coming off surgery last fall to remove bone chips from his elbow, CC Sabathia hasn't looked like ... well, CC Sabathia. His 4.09 ERA is the highest since posting a 4.12 for the Cleveland Indians in 2004. His 9.2 hits per nine innings are the highest of his career, as is the 1.3 home runs per nine innings. The 1.224 WHIP is his highest since 2005. He's already surrendered 16 home runs in 110 innings after allowing only 22 in 200 innings last season and 17 in 237.1 innings in 2011. That Sabathia is 8-5 speaks more to the team-high 4.37 runs of support he's gotten more than how well he's actually pitched.

3. He's not the Andy Pettitte of old: Instead, what the Yankees have at the No. 3 spot in the starting rotation is an old Andy Pettitte. The 41-year-old is 5-6 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He did eke out a quality start in his last outing, an 8-5 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, June 26, but he did so by only the most minimum of standards, allowing four runs, three earned, in six innings. Since winning his first three starts, Pettitte is 2-6 in 10 starts with a 5.06 ERA and has allowed 66 hits and 17 walks in 58.2 innings. Opponents have batted .284/.335/.427 against Pettitte during that stretch. He's not getting better, he's just getting older.

2. The offense is awful: General manager Brian Cashman said last October (per the New York Daily News) that he wasn't turning the team into the "Bronx Bunters" after so many players slumped so badly in the postseason. But between the injuries and the new acquisitions to replace the injured players, this team sure isn't the Bronx Bombers, either. The Yankees OPS-plus of 85 is tied with the Washington Nationals for 27th in baseball and only the Chicago White Sox have a lower mark in the American League. New York is 12th in the American League in scoring with 302 runs in 78 games.

1. Help isn't on the way: Granderson came back from his broken arm, played eight games and got hurt again, breaking his thumb. Teixeira came back from his wrist injury, played 15 games and will miss the rest of the season because he needs surgery on the same wrist. Jeter has suffered multiple setbacks in his rehab. And Rodriguez said Thursday he might not be back at all in 2013 (per

Phil Watson is a freelance journalist and commentator who covers the New York Yankees for the Yahoo Contributor Network and is editor of and assistant editor of

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