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):
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.