Thursday, June 02, 2005

See, I Told You So: Tino's Gone Ice Cold

Seems like just yesterday Tino was the hottest thing in New York. He was hitting them out non-stop, getting curtain calls every hour, and was a sort of harbinger of the return of the dynasty days to the Bronx. And he was making Don Mattingly look like the Leo Mazzone of hitting coaches.

A few weeks later, the streak is gone. Tino has returned to his old form, a 37 year-old washup on his last hurrah. He's 0 for his last 13 and 3 for his last 30. In that span, his average has plummeted from .284 to .245. His last HR? May 15 against Oakland. After knocking 'em out of the park every night back in early May, Tino has gone over two weeks without a dinger.

And with the Yankees' only other 1B option being the horrific Jason Giambaby, the team is once again in trouble. That stretch where the Yanks batted .342 for the week is a distant memory. With Cano (4 for his last 32 (.125)) and Posada (2 for his last 14) also struggling, holes are opening up throughout the lineup. Over the last 7 days, the Yanks have batted just .223. Too bad Clemens can't hit.

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