I received the following e-mail from “Doug in Seattle” yesterday:
Is it my imagination, or do the Yankees seem to wilt in extra innings? It’s amazingly frustrating to watch their “best lineup in baseball” fail to score even a measly run, often against September call-up AAA pitchers. When watching I get the sense that no matter how long the game lasts, the Yanks won’t score, and it’s just a matter of time before a member of the NY bullpen coughs up a run (or three). Some of these extra inning losses shouldn’t be blamed on the bullpen, in my opinion, but on the offense. It’s unfair to ask the bullpen to blank the opposition indefinitely. That being mentioned, pitchers such as Henn and Karstens are not major league material.
How have the Yanks fared in extra innings this year? How many home runs have they hit? How many scoreless innings has the offense contributed? How many bad pitchers with high ERA’s have the Yanks failed against? These might be good questions to answer, especially as the playoffs approach.
The Yankees have played 12 extra inning games this season, so far, and have lost eight of the twelve.
As far as the stats, check these out:
In “extra innings,” so far this season, Yankees pitchers have faced 108 batters and allowed the following BA/OBA/SLG line: .278/.340/.505
In “extra innings,” so far this season, Yankees batters have come to the plate 107 times and produced the following BA/OBA/SLG line: .189/.311/.256
Yes, check out those numbers.
In “extra innings,” Yankees batters have an OPS of .567 (in 107 PA) and Yankees pitchers have allowed an OPS of .845 (in 108 PA). That’s a huge difference.
Doug, it’s not just your imagination.