• Numbers Show Yanks Doing The Right Things Now

    Posted by on July 25th, 2008 · Comments (4)

    Anthony McCarron, of the News, has all the important numbers on the Yankees today:

    The Yankees, who are now only three games behind both the first-place Rays and the second-place-by-percentage-points Red Sox (56-45), seemingly have cemented their contender status with their postbreak play. Nine games out as recently as July 6, they have won 11 of 14 and are a season-high 11 games over .500.

    Their second-half ERA of 1.89 is the lowest in baseball, and they have also allowed only 12 walks – the fewest in the majors – in 57 postbreak innings and haven’t given up a home run over that span. Opposing hitters have managed only a .569 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) over the last six games, tied with Milwaukee for lowest in baseball. Their strikeouts per nine innings – 9.63 – is tops, too.

    Yankee starters have held opponents to three earned runs or less in 13 of their last 14 games, going 7-2 with a 2.44 ERA.

    Even the bullpen, once considered a liability beyond Mariano Rivera, is thriving. The relievers have a 3.39 ERA overall, sixth-best, and are holding opponents to a .227 average, second lowest in baseball.

    Hindered in the first half by failure with runners in scoring position, the Yankees are averaging 6.3 runs per game, up nearly two from the 4.59 they averaged in the first half. They have also been more clutch – batting .333 with RISP following the break; they hit .254 in such situations before the break.

    And, that’s what winning is all about – your pitchers not allowing walks and homers while your hitters provide the big hits with runners on base. Pretty simple, huh?

    Comments on Numbers Show Yanks Doing The Right Things Now

    1. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 25th, 2008 | 11:52 am

      Nothing like a post-break streak against a AAA offense and a team that was largely succeeding through smoke and mirrors to make everyone feel good. I particularly like that post-break ERA – no mention that it only covers six games.

      Yes the Yankees are playing better, even if it wasn’t very long ago that Pettitte declared that “we stink”. And just as importantly, the teams they are looking up at played badly enough that the Yankees actually made a move with their streak.

      We just might have a three way pennant race, loser goes home, if they keep it up. That means no more backsliding by Cano, still managing to win the games Rasner and Ponson start (or replace one of them before the deadline), and for the bullpen to keep it up (does anyone really think they won’t hit a skid or two?).

      Best thing that could happen for both our teams is for the Rays to actually fade. Not sure if it will happen yet but it looks more likely than before.

      But with a full lineup going forward, and significant scheduling advantages, I think the odds favor the Red Sox.

    2. July 25th, 2008 | 12:41 pm

      Hey, no question – no one has won anything yet. And, yes, the Yankees schedule is tough in August in September.

      Still, considering how the Yankees started this season…the fact that it’s now July 25th and New York is only 3 games back of first…well, as Yankees fans, if we can’t be happy about that…that’s just wrong.

    3. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 25th, 2008 | 1:06 pm

      Absolutely you’ve gotta be happy. With Matsui out and almost certainly done, and Posada the same (I think its nuts having him come back to hit in a diminished capacity and then miss part of next season), Wang out and Hughes and Kennedy contributing nothing, three games out heading into the last weekend of July is great.

      but I don’t think there’s a lot of room for error from here on out to secure a spot in the dance.

    4. July 25th, 2008 | 1:28 pm

      No debate there. With basically two months left to the season, it’s not the time for TB, Boston, or New York to allow itself to fall too far back now…as there may not be time to recover.

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