You can say a lot of great things about Lee Sinins’ Complete Baseball Encyclopedia – and many have said great things about it – but one of the things that I love most about it is that you can get daily updates to it during the season (where, each morning, you can update your Complete Baseball Encyclopedia to have statistics through games of the day before that morning).
And, of course, with the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, you can look at stats like Runs Created Above Average [RCAA] and Runs Saved Against Average [RSAA].
RCAA is the difference between a player’s runs created total and the total for an average player who used the same amount of his team’s outs. And, RSAA is is the amount of runs that a pitcher saved versus what an average pitcher would have allowed.
So, how are the Yankees looking, through last night’s game, in terms of RCAA and RSAA? Via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia here are the numbers:
BATTER RCAA PA PITCHER RSAA IP Mark Teixeira 22 312 Alfredo Aceves 9 33.1 Johnny Damon 17 301 C.C. Sabathia 9 102.0 Derek Jeter 11 319 J. Chamberlain 6 75.2 Nick Swisher 6 281 Mariano Rivera 5 29.1 Jorge Posada 6 176 Phil Coke 4 32.1 Hideki Matsui 4 232 David Robertson 3 16.1 Alex Rodriguez 4 185 A.J. Burnett 3 87.0 Robinson Cano 2 307 Brian Bruney 2 11.0 Melky Cabrera 0 223 Nick Swisher 1 1.0 Brett Gardner 0 170 Andy Pettitte 1 90.1 Xavier Nady -1 29 Mark Melancon 0 3.1 Kevin Cash -2 28 Phil Hughes 0 45.1 Jose Molina -2 49 Edwar Ramirez -1 17.1 Fran. Cervelli -3 68 Jon. Albaladejo -3 21.0 Angel Berroa -3 24 Brett Tomko -3 14.1 Cody Ransom -5 58 Jose Veras -4 25.2 Ramiro Pena -5 83 Damaso Marte -6 5.1 Ant. Claggett -7 1.2 Chien-Ming Wang -23 31.1
As you can see, when you take away the ugly results of Chien-Ming Wang, Anthony Claggett and Damaso Marte, on the whole, the Yankees pitching has not been terrible this season (to date). In fact, again, on the whole, sans those three it looks pretty good.
The Yankees offense, on the other hand, to date, has been a three-man attack of Mark Teixeira, Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter. If you take those three out of the picture, as a whole, the Yankees offense has been just league average. Clearly, it’s time for some guys other than Teixeira, Damon and Jeter to step-up with the sticks for New York.