• 0-25 When Scoring 3 Or Fewer Runs

    Posted by on June 24th, 2005 · Comments (5)

    To date, this season, the Yankees are 0-25 when scoring 3 or fewer runs. You see that stat often in the paper and you hear it on TV. I’ve seen the comment shared here frequently as well. So, I decided to look at those 25 games to see if it’s the pitching not doing the job, or the batters. Here are those loss scores (“A” is runs allowed and “S” is runs scored):

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    As you can see, in 9 of these 25 games, the team’s pitching keep the Yankees opponent to within 2 runs or less of what the Yankees scored. So, are these 9 nine losses the fault of the Yankees pitchers or the Yankees batters (for not scoring more than 3 runs in those games)?

    Further, in 12 of the 25 games, the team’s pitching keep the Yankees opponent to within 3 runs or less of what the Yankees scored. Given the names in the Yankees line-up, it would not be a reach to say that in 12 of these 25 games, the pitchers kept the team in the game.

    Therefore, in those games where the Yankees have scored 3 or less, and have gone 0-25, I would offer that half the time it was the pitchers letting the game get away – and the other half of the time the batters have to be called for not scoring more in that game.

    Sadly, this is what happens with teams playing as poorly as the 2005 Yankees – everyone deserves some of the blame.

    Comments on 0-25 When Scoring 3 Or Fewer Runs

    1. 5 GB
      June 24th, 2005 | 2:12 pm

      two things a yankee fan can not say truthfully:

      1) our pitching stinks, but good thing our offense is able to bail us out night after night

      2) we can’t hit- but thank goodness our pitchers are able to keep us in the games

    2. hopbitters
      June 24th, 2005 | 3:10 pm

      There is more to the game than pitching and hitting. There is defense. There is baserunning. There are more subtle aspects like running up pitch counts, working the umpires, managerial moves, positioning, etc. You can blame a few players or the offense or the defense, but in a well-played game, the end result will come down to a handful of plays. The better team isn’t always going to win those games, but the teams that play hard, play smart, and always _look_ for ways to win will gain a few games here and there and that’s the difference in a tight race.

    3. Raf
      June 24th, 2005 | 3:17 pm

      I’ve always said it was the pitching.

      WRT the list, I did the same thing last month (or was it earlier this month?)

    4. 5 GB
      June 24th, 2005 | 3:21 pm

      true…my point was mainly- we aren’t even a team like the 1996 Rockies or most of the Braves teams…where one main aspect was mediocre and the other was dominant.

      We are just sub-par on offense and pitching- add in the failings on the basepaths and in certain situations, taking pitches, lack of any intangibles, throwing to the right base…etc etc….and it only compounds the surface failures.

    5. rbj
      June 26th, 2005 | 12:47 pm

      Thanks for the look-see. I put more of the blame on the pitchers. You aren’t always going to get 4+ runs in a game, sometimes the other starter is pretty good. That’s when a starting pitcher needs to find a way to win with little run support. RJ did it last year with Arizona, and Clemens is doing it this year.

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