• July 28th vs. The Orioles

    Posted by on July 28th, 2008 · Comments (4)

    Forget about the Yankees pitching performance, this evening, for a moment. Actually, forget about it completely. I could get carpal tunnel if I attempted to write about how bad the Yankees pitchers were tonight – as it would require quite a bit of typing.

    More importantly, let’s focus on the Yankees offense.

    Throw out every run that New York scored today. They were all “garbage time” runs. For the first six innings of this game, the Yankees had no stick – whatsoever.

    Now, go back to the game before this one. In that contest, the Yankees only scored two runs.

    Granted, two games before this one, the Yankees scored ten runs. However, most of that came from beating up Justin Masterson and Craig Hansen – two pitchers of limited major league experience and success.

    And, in the game before that ten-run game, the Yankees only scored one run – and that came on a cheap, gift, hit.

    So, when you boil it down, the Yankees offense has not been impressive, on the whole, in their last four games.

    Sure, the Yankees bats did do well in those three games against the Twins – which came before this four game spell. However, in the eight games before those three games against the Twins, the Yankees bats also (somewhat) struggled to score runs.

    Cano, Jeter and A-Rod have been swinging well in the last four weeks (or so). And, Damon has been acceptable – when he’s played this month. But, Abreu has been just O.K. (overall) and Jason Giambi has killed the Yankees in his last 21 games. Throw in the good-field, no-hit, guys like Jose Molina and Melky Cabrera and it’s not a pretty picture…as many days the Yanks line-up is half-dead.

    If I have to peg two guys in all of this, it would be Abreu and Giambi. For the most part, Abreu bats third and Giambi bats fifth. You expect a lot of production from those two slots in the line-up…and it’s not happening, lately, for the Yankees. And, until it does, expect the Yankees to continue to have issues scoring runs against decent to very good pitching.

    Comments on July 28th vs. The Orioles

    1. John ONeil
      July 29th, 2008 | 12:04 am

      Steve,

      You have hit the nail on the head. Our recent surge was the result of insanely good pitching that overcame an offense that has not really gotten any better. It is unrealistic to believe we can sustain that.

      I think that while Giambi and Abreu deserve the criticism, you are being too soft on the Captain. Jeter hit into his 16th DP tonight, passing his total for all but two years in his career and one behind the AL lead. He’d lead the AL if a number of errors in the last month hadn’t spared him more GIDPs. At this pace, he’ll top 25 for the year – a number speedster Jorge Posada never reached.

      Yes a month of hitting .285 is better than the month before where he dropped down to .270, but he is a shadow of the hitter he was for the last 12 years. In his two prior sub .300 seasons, he hit for power – 18 & 24 HRs and drove in 114 and 99 runs – numbers he won’t get close to this year.

      We have all screamed for year’s for Giambi to swallow his pride and just tap the ball to left field. I am now screaming for Jeter to bunt with a man on first and keep the inning alive.

    2. July 29th, 2008 | 7:46 am

      John – thanks. I know how you feel. When Jeter hit into that DP in this game…my first thought was “Gee, is it just me, or, does it seem like Derek has hit into a lot of twin-killings this year?”

      But, I know that, in his last 20 games, Jeter has hit .291/.351/.442 – and, that’s not terrible. Yes, it’s about 20-30 points below the OPS that you expect to see from him…but, he’s not stinking like Giambi. So, I gave him a pass – of sorts.

      Same thing with A-Rod. He’s batting .329/.407/.608 with 19 RBI in his last 21 games. But, he’s also whiffed 18 times in his last 79 ABs. To me, it seems like Alex is K’ing with runners on as much as Jeter hits into DPs, lately. But, because of his overall OPS, it’s hard to say that Rodriguez has been stinking.

      Then again, maybe we should ignore the OPS numbers and say that Jeter and A-Rod have to shoulder some of the blame here too? I dunno. But, if someone wants to say that…I don’t think I can fight too hard against it either.

    3. Tresh Fan
      July 29th, 2008 | 9:32 am

      Steve,

      Re: Abreu and Giambi.

      Athletes age at different rates. There are certainly those who can still be consistently competitive and productive into their late 30′s; but many, if not most, are long done by then, even with modern conditioning and medical treatment. You mentioned Bernie Williams and Roy White in an earlier post. Yes, they were both signature Yankees, no-nonsense and reliable, but they were both washed up at 35. Looking over the current roster—Abreu, Damon, Giambi, Jeter, Matsui, Posada—I just wonder which of them might be batting in their 9th inning at this point.

    4. July 29th, 2008 | 9:54 am

      Tresh Fan – you might like this one:

      http://tinyurl.com/5c5o75

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