Here are the Yankees team batting stats this season, by month:
The first thing I noticed here was May. Look at that team slugging percentage. Even with the great month of May from Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees were punch-less in May.
June is interesting here as well. The Yankees hitters were mixed in June – half doing well and the other half not helping. A-Rod and Giambi not hitting in June worked against the Yankees.
In July, Giambi was invisible again – as he hit .186 that month – but, Jeter, Damon, Cabrera and A-Rod were swinging good sticks for the Yankees last month.
And, this brings us to August. Notice the numbers – so far, this month, the Yankees offense is back to being the high-powered machine it was back in April.
Bobby Abreu is a big part of this – and having Giambi hit better than he did in June and July helps too.
Thinking about this, I now believe that Abreu and Giambi are the keys to the Yankees offense.
Look at it this way: Suppose that Abreu & Giambi average 9 pitches per PA between the two of them in a game. On average, by the fifth inning of a game, the two of them would force the starting pitcher to throw over 27 pitches just pitching to two batters.
Considering that most starting pitchers are only good for 100 quality pitches per game, Abreu and Giambi eat up over 25% of what a starter has to offer – by the 5th inning of a game! Then, factor in Damon, Jeter and the others and you can see what’s happening here. Once again, the Yankees are back to that mode of “Get the starter out early and attack the other team’s weak link – their middle men in the pen.”
Mark it down now – as go Abreu and Giambi in the post-season this year, so will the Yankees. These two are the keys for the Yankees batting success.