Since September 7th, the Yankees have played 22 games – including the contest of September 30th. In these 22 games, New York has scored 111 runs – which is an average of 5.05 runs per game. And, that’s a nice rate.
However, there are three games during this 22-game span which make this R/G rate seem better than it should be…and they are:
September 7, 2009 – where the Yankees scored 11 runs in the second game of a double-header…pounding Andy Sonnanstine, who had nothing in that game.
September 13, 2009 – where the Yankees scored 13 runs…feasting off the soft-under-belly of the O’s bullpen, plating 8 runs in the 8th inning.
September 19, 2009 – where the Yankees scored 10 runs…beating up on a 25-year old rookie starter by the name of “Douglas Wildes Fister.”
When you remove these three “gimmie” games from the picture, it means the Yankees have averaged 4.05 R/G in those other 19 contests. Oh, and, by the way, the American League average for runs scored per game is 4.82 R/G – which means the superior Yankees offense, since September 7th, sans three lay-up laughers, has been below league average in terms of scoring runs (on a R/G basis).
Or, in other words, for just about the entire last month of the season, outside of three games, the Yankees batters are plating runs like they are the Kansas City Royals or Seattle Mariners – the bottom two team in the A.L. this year, to date, in terms of their R/G ratio. (The Royals R/G mark is 4.2 and the M’s are at 3.9 R/G.)
If this carries into October, it could be bad news for the good citizens of Yankeeland in the post-season.