There is no doubt the New York Yankees' offense is horrendous.  Against good pitching and good teams?  Why play the games?In game one of a four-game set in Texas, the Yanks were shut out 3-0 by Yu Darvish and company, the eighth time New York has been shut out this season.  The most times the Yanks have been shut out in one season in the last 20 years is nine in 1997.  They could easily pass that number in 2013.

Before the Texas series, the Yanks lost two of three in Boston.  New York scored two runs in a game one loss, five runs in a game two win and then scored seven runs in game three which isn't proof at all of how they swung the bats.  Ryan Dempster is one of the most overrated pitchers in baseball and the Red Sox kicked the ball all over the field as well.  There were, in the end, only four earned runs by Boston.  So how much damage did the Yankee offense really do?  Not much.

This team has gotten enough starting pitching and for the most part an outstanding bullpen.

The offense will be, like last year, the thing that holds the Yankees back.  But 2013 might be a year where the Yankees actually miss the playoffs because they can't hit as well.

By:  Mike Lindsley, "Mid-Day with Mike," M-F 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.  Follow him on Twitter at

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