• Mid-Season Report Card, 2008

    Posted by on June 25th, 2008 · Comments (12)

    In 2005, at mid-season, the Yankees earned an Overall Team Grade of C+ here. In 2006, the Overall Team Grade was B- (half-way through the season). And, last year New York earned an Overall Team Grade of D (through the first half of the season). What will it be this season? Read on…

    Overall Team Batting: C
    Comments: In terms of scoring runs, the Yankees currently sit near the middle of the pack, team-wise, in the A.L. However, they’re much closer, in terms of run totals, to the teams near the bottom of the heap (like the Blue Jays and Royals) than they are near the top teams (like the Rangers and Red Sox). Hence the so-so grade of “C” here.

    Batting at Home: C
    Comments: Ditto the above. Word for word.

    Batting on the Road: C+
    Comments: In terms of team road OPS, the Yankees rank high in the A.L. Yet, in terms of team road runs scored, the Yankees are a middle of the pack team. So, here, they get credit for setting the table – but, they take a ding for not getting runners home.

    Batting with Runners in Scoring Position with 2 Outs: C
    Comments: Again, the Yankees are a middle-of-the-road team here. In terms of OPS for this split, New York is about 100 points behind the Red Sox and about 100 points ahead of the White Sox – who are, respectively, the best and worst in this split at this moment in the league.

    Overall Team Pitching: C
    Comments: In terms of overall ERA, the Yankees currently sit near the middle of the pack, team-wise, in the A.L. (Maybe the Yankees theme song this season should be “Middle of the Road“?) New York is about three-quarters of a run better, in ERA, than the Rangers and about three-quarters of a run worse, in ERA, than the A’s – who are, respectively, the worst and best in overall team ERA at this moment in the league.

    Starting Pitching: C-
    Comments: In terms of starters’ ERA, the Yankees currently sit near the middle of the pack, team-wise, in the A.L. (Yeah, it seems like this Yankees mid-season report card is being brought to you via the Cut-and-Paste feature of Microsoft XP.) However, they’re much closer, in terms of starters’ ERA, to the teams near the bottom of the heap (like the Mariners and Rangers) than they are near the top teams (like the A’s, White Sox and Angels). Hence, the C- mark here.

    Bullpen: C
    Comments: Hawkins offsets Rivera. Ohlendorf offsets Veras. Farnsworth offsets Ramirez. I think you get the idea here. For every good story in the Yankees pen, to date, there’s an equally bad story.

    Outfield Defense: C
    Comments: This is the average of a “B-” in LF, a “B-” in CF and an “D” in RF.

    Infield Defense: C
    Comments: On the whole, I would say the infield defense as been “O.K.” for the Yankees in the first half of 2008. There has been an occasional error here and there – as well as an occasional great play. But, nothing huge, either way, that warrants a great or terrible grade here.

    Catching/Game Calling: C+
    Comments: Yankees catchers have thrown out about one-third of the runners attempting to steal on them, to date, this season. Most of that has been Jose Molina. On the whole, in terms of defense, there’s not been a lot to complain about with the Yankees catching so far. Of course, this could change in the second half now that Posada is back.

    Overall Fielding: C
    Comments: The Yankees defensive efficiency mark, to date, is .688 – and that’s not good. Ideally, you’d like to see that be 10 to 15 points higher. That’s where the good teams sit in this stat. Hence, the so-so grade here.

    Overall Team Grade: C
    Comments: Reading all of this, were you expecting something else?

    In a nutshell, this Yankees season, to date, has been better than the first half of 2007; but, not as good as the first half of 2006. It’s pretty much on the mark with 2005. Check out the following:

    Yankees current record: 41-36, 5.5 GB of 1st
    Yankees 2007 record at this mark: 37-40, 11 GB of 1st
    Yankees 2006 record at this mark: 45-32, 3 GB of 1st
    Yankees 2005 record at this mark: 39-38, 6 GB of 1st

    In 2005, the Yankees got lucky with Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon in the second half of the season and made a surge in the standings. And, they’re going to need the same thing to happen this season as well.

    Comments on Mid-Season Report Card, 2008

    1. MJ
      June 25th, 2008 | 12:18 pm

      Bullpen: C
      Comments: Hawkins offsets Rivera. Ohlendorf offsets Veras. Farnsworth offsets Ramirez. I think you get the idea here. For every good story in the Yankees pen, to date, there’s an equally bad story.
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      My only quibble is on Ohlendorf. Girardi hasn’t used him properly as far as I’m concerned. I like his arm and his stuff and he still has a place on this team.

    2. Raf
      June 25th, 2008 | 12:47 pm

      From Lee’s reports last Sunday

      RCAA
      TEAM TOTALS
      1 Rangers 60
      2 Red Sox 58
      3 Rays 39
      4 Twins 4
      5 Yankees 3

      YANKEES
      Alex Rodriguez 27
      Jason Giambi 18
      Johnny Damon 17
      Hideki Matsui 13
      Jorge Posada 3
      Chris Stewart -1
      Chad Moeller -1
      Bobby Abreu -2
      Wilson Betemit -3
      Shelley Duncan -5
      Alberto Gonzalez -6
      Derek Jeter -7
      Morgan Ensberg -8
      Melky Cabrera -9
      Jose Molina -13
      Robinson Cano -20

      RSAA
      TEAM TOTALS
      1 White Sox 73
      2 Blue Jays 35
      3 A’s 33
      4 Angels 31
      5 Red Sox 28
      6 Yankees 25

      YANKEES
      Mariano Rivera 14
      Joba Chamberlain 10
      Dan Giese 6
      Mike Mussina 5
      Darrell Rasner 4
      Edwar Ramirez 4
      Chien-Ming Wang 4
      Brian Bruney 4
      Jose Veras 3
      Chris Britton 2
      Andy Pettitte 2
      Kyle Farnsworth 2
      Jonathan Albaladejo 1
      Scott Patterson 0
      Billy Traber -1
      LaTroy Hawkins -3
      Ross Ohlendorf -4
      Kei Igawa -5
      Phil Hughes -11
      Ian Kennedy -12

    3. June 25th, 2008 | 12:54 pm

      Raf – what’s your point?

    4. Raf
      June 25th, 2008 | 1:14 pm

      Raf – what’s your point?

      Putting the numbers out there. Also, if Farnsworth & Ramirez are making positive contributions, how can they offset each other?

      Interesting that for a team that was supposed to mash their way to the postseason their pitching has been decent.

      As probably has been stated before, Abreu, Jeter, Cano & Melky need to figure out what it is they need to do to get back on the ball.

    5. June 25th, 2008 | 1:24 pm

      ~~Also, if Farnsworth & Ramirez are making positive contributions, how can they offset each other?~~

      Because Ramirez’s performance is exceeding his pay grade whereas Farnsworth is barely league average and being paid like a king.

    6. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      June 25th, 2008 | 2:13 pm

      ~~Also, if Farnsworth & Ramirez are making positive contributions, how can they offset each other?~~

      Because Ramirez’s performance is exceeding his pay grade whereas Farnsworth is barely league average and being paid like a king.

      ________________________________

      That’s silly, Steve. Is the a report card on performance or a report card on return on investment?

      If Farnsworth and Ramirez are both on the positive side of your favorite pitching statistic, then you can’t say they offset each other (without referencing some other stat, like maybe runs allowed in the eighth inning when the Yankees are ahead.)

    7. Raf
      June 25th, 2008 | 3:05 pm

      Speaking of Aaron Small, according to the NYDN, he’s doing quite well for himself;

      “SMALL WORLD: Aaron Small, one of the Yankees’ unlikely heroes of the 2005 season, was in Pittsburgh this week to run some church baseball clinics for inner-city kids, so he dropped by PNC Park before Tuesday night’s game to catch up with his old teammates.

      Small went 10-0 in 2005, becoming just the fourth pitcher in history to win double-digit games without suffering a loss. He retired in May 2007 after trying to catch on with Seattle.

      “I haven’t looked back,” said Small, who has been running baseball clinics in his hometown of Loudon, Tenn., and doing speaking engagements with youth groups and churches. “But just getting to tell the stories, it’s like, ‘Did this really happen?’” ”

      Glad to hear he’s doing well.

    8. MJ
      June 25th, 2008 | 3:05 pm

      Because Ramirez’s performance is exceeding his pay grade whereas Farnsworth is barely league average and being paid like a king.
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      That makes no sense. Even the token Red Sox baiter called you out on this one.

      Forget what players make. Judge them by their performance.

    9. June 25th, 2008 | 3:33 pm

      OK, here’s a stat for you.

      Farnsworth has pitched in 33 games – and 20 times he’s gone 1+ IP with 0 earned runs.

      Ramirez has pitched in 22 games – and 16 times he’s gone 1+ IP with 0 earned runs.

      Bottom line, Ramirez has been consistently better.

    10. yankees76
      June 26th, 2008 | 1:15 am

      Steve, the question wasn’t whether Ramirez has been better. The question was, has Farnsworth been so bad that he needs to be offset by someone who has been having a good season? … as you incorrectly argued.

      Farnsworth has, overall, been a big disappointment to me over the last 2+ yeas, but his contributions this year, other than his contributions to my high blood pressure, have been a net positive.

      (Steve, it’s okay to admit when you’re wrong sometimes. Really. I bet you would get a lot more respect around here from your critics for doing so.)

      (And, Aceves is not 5’10″ 176, so your post on the topic remains insufficiently-sourced BS.)

    11. June 30th, 2008 | 4:18 pm

      [...] I know that’s hard to believe when you look at some of the names on their roster. But, the numbers do back up the notion that, on a grading scale of A, B, C, D and F, to date, the Yankees have earned a “C.” [...]

    12. July 5th, 2009 | 11:40 pm

      [...] 2005: C+ 2006: B- 2007: D 2008: C [...]

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