New York Yankees' second-half preview: Buyers or sellers?
Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the New York Yankees.
New York Yankees
Standing: 3rd in AL East
Batting Average: Jacoby Ellsbury, .282
Home Runs: Mark Teixeira, 17
ERA: Masahiro Tanaka, 2.51
The Yankees entered the 2014 season with a strong pitching rotation and led the AL East as late as May 18. But Ivan Nova, C.C. Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka have all gone down with injuries, leaving Hiroki Kuroda as the only healthy member of the Opening Day rotation.
The Yankees' offense has struggled as well, averaging fewer than four runs per game, the fifth-worst in the AL. Big free-agent bats like Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran have failed to live up to the hype, and the Yankees have had trouble finding ways to drive in runs.
At the break, the Yankees sit six games behind the Orioles in the East, and 5.5 games behind the final Wild Card spot.