I decided to run with the question at The Immaculate Inning (today) a bit. The question there was:
How often did the Yankees’ offense “do their job” and score at least five runs in a game? How often did the Yankees’ pitching “do their job” and limit the opposition to four or fewer runs?
Counting up the 2006 numbers, I was able to come up with this grid:
So, the hitters did their job 96 times in 2006. And, the pitchers did their job 81 times in 2006. This tells us that the Yankees pitching/defense did not do their job 50% of the time last year.
Further, there were only 49 games in 2006 where both sides did their job for the Yankees.
Where it gets interesting is where one side failed and the other did not (last year). When the pitchers/defense failed and the hitters did not, the team went 28-19. When the hitters failed and the pitchers/defense did not, the team went 20-12. Both of these marks are very good – but it’s still better when the hitters failed as long as the pitchers/defense did not fail.
It does all fall into the common sense bucket:
When you hit and pitch, you win. When you don’t hit and don’t pitch, you lose. When you hit, and don’t pitch, you can still win – but you will win more, even when you don’t hit, if you pitch.
Yogi ain’t got nothing on me.
Bottom line, these numbers should jump out at you:
The Yankees only lost 12 times last year when the team allowed 4 runs or less. And, when the Yankees allowed 5+ runs in a game last year, they went 28-53 (which is a losing percentage of .655!).
You can hit until the cows come home – but, if you don’t pitch, it don’t matter (even if you have “Murderer’s Row & Cano”).