• Where Have Yanks Bats Gone?

    Posted by on September 30th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    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.

    Comments on Where Have Yanks Bats Gone?

    1. Pat F
      September 30th, 2009 | 11:37 pm

      Any concerns about the yankees’ offense aside, at some point it may be helpful to obtain an understanding that when you take out the best of anything, its always going to look worse than what it is. Runs per game, record, whatever. The same thing goes in the other direction. I look at any stretch of games and take out the times the yankees scored 1 run thanks to being locked down by a dominant starter, and the average runs per game looks a lot better than it really is. These things even themselves out, if you only look at one side you’re only going to get part of the story, and its often if not usually very misleading.

      Also, its an interesting concept that “gimme” games (whatever that means, nothing is easy if you’ve ever been around this sport, but let’s just play along for a second) only count when the yankees take advantage of weaker pitching, which again is never a guarantee in this game. Yet when they don’t take advantage of weaker pitching, which happens all the time for every team all season, its not a layup and gets lumped in with the rest of the games. And this is to say nothing of the opposite distinction, which is the offense getting stifled by good pitching.

    2. Garcia
      October 1st, 2009 | 8:08 am

      I think the Yankees have been on cruise control. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I dunno. They are going to the playoffs nice and rested, I can’t get myself all too concerned about them scoring 4 runs per game when they’ve known they’ve had the division wrapped for a bit now.

      Maybe that’s part of their preparation, we will most likely score less in October so we’ll have to pitch better – right? – so in a way they are getting their pitchers ready to pitch low scoring games.

      Basically, I wouldn’t worry so much….

    3. nwyank
      October 1st, 2009 | 11:31 am

      I dunno. Remember 2006? Murderer’s Row plus Cano? We were tricked into thinking that the Yankees offense would bludgeon opponents on the way to yet another title. Then they go out and get shut out for 2 1/2 games, or something like that, and quietly succumb to the Tigers in round 1.
      Teams that relay on offense in general, and the home run in particular, can go awfully silent in the post season. Hope that doesn’t happen.

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