The New York Yankees seem to go through a tough period every season, but eventually their talent comes through and they go on to win the division, change the MLB odds and play in the postseason anyway.

Well, they’ve been going through one of those rough spells recently, mainly because, as hard as it is to believe, they’ve been having serious problems scoring runs.

Through the first month of the season the Yankees sat at 13-9; not great, but not a disaster. But so far for the month of May New York is 10-12, and has been held to three runs or fewer in 12 of those last 22 games. It just doesn’t seem like Yankee hitters are working pitchers like they used to during the glory days of Joe Torre’s tenure.

At 23-21, the Yanks sit in fourth place in the AL East, 4.5 games behind the first-place Baltimore Orioles.

New York has not exactly been kind to its financial backers this season. Even though they’ve won more games than they’ve lost, they’ve cost bettors about $675, based on theoretical $100 wagers. Also, with their recent offensive struggles the Yankees are now 17-26 on the ‘over/unders’ this season.

The Yanks got a pair of homers from Alex Rodriguez Wednesday night in an 8-3 victory over Kansas City to take that series, so maybe they are coming out of their  funk. But another NY slugger, Mark Teixeira, continues to have problems; he’s hitting just .226 on the season, with two hits in his last 14 at-bats and one homer in his last 16 games. 

As far as Yankee pitching goes, CC Sabathia is still doing his job as staff ace, but after that the rotation is under-performing. Newcomer Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova all own ERAs of 4.50 and over.

One bright spot, though, is the fact that 39-year-old Andy Pettitte, coming back after sitting out last year “retired,” has posted two straight quality starts, and New York won both games. 

In the bullpen, David Robertson was supposed to replace Mariano Rivera at closer, but he’s now on the DL with a strained oblique. In his place Rafael Soriano is three-for-three in save chances.

New York now hits the road for a three-game weekend series in Oakland, three games in Anahei,m and three games in Detroit.

On the MLB futures market, 5Dimes.com is listing the Yankees at +225 to win the AL East this season, while Bovada.lv is offering the Yanks at 9/2 to win the American League pennant and 9/1 to win the World Series.