• All Or Nothing Yankees?

    Posted by on May 27th, 2011 · Comments (7)

    Another gem from Katie Sharp -

    The opening game of the Subway Series turned into an unlikely pitcher’s duel between R.A. Dickey and Ivan Nova, with the Mets prevailing 2-1. The Yankees suffered through another frustrating day at the plate, with just four hits and 11 strikeouts.

    If that sounds like a familiar line, you are correct. It’s the fourth time this season the so-called Bronx Bombers have been held to five hits or fewer while whiffing at least 10 times in a game.

    According to Baseball-Reference.com, never before in the last 90 seasons has a Yankee team had that many games of five-or-fewer hits and at least 10 strikeouts this early into the season (through 43 games).

    And, yet, the Yankees lead the A.L. in R/G with a mark of 5.21 R/G. Just goes to show, with these Yankees bats, it’s all or nothing…way too many times this season.

    I mean, let’s face it, without being 6-0 against the Orioles, to date, the Yankees record would be .500 on the nose…losing as often as they win. And, since April 25th, the Yankees are 15-15. Not exactly a ball of fire, eh?

    Comments on All Or Nothing Yankees?

    1. MJ Recanati
      May 27th, 2011 | 2:45 pm

      The Yankee offense has been inconsistent, due in large part to very poor RISP numbers and poor luck with batted balls in play. No denying that. Even a few lucky bounces or hits here and there with runners in scoring position would’ve resulted in a handful of extra wins (including that abortion of a game I attended last Friday vs. the Mets).

      That being said, the Yankees lead the AL in runs scored and are second only to the Reds in that category in in the major leagues. They are tied with the Cardinals for the second-best run differential in all of baseball (second only to the Indians, who lead the Yanks/Cards by +2 in the RS-RA category).

      Try as you might, it’s very hard to paint the 2011 season with the doom-and-gloom brush as you’re trying to do.

      There are things the Yanks need to improve on but they are nevertheless sitting on the second-best record in the AL, have scored the most runs in the AL and have the AL’s second-best run differential.

    2. Corey Italiano
      May 27th, 2011 | 4:20 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Thanks to Baltimore ;)

    3. Greg H.
      May 27th, 2011 | 5:18 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      There are things the Yanks need to improve on but they are nevertheless sitting on the second-best record in the AL, have scored the most runs in the AL and have the AL’s second-best run differential.

      And they’ve been solid middle of the pack in pitching, which is pretty surprising given that was the biggest concern starting the season.

    4. Evan3457
      May 27th, 2011 | 6:01 pm

      The O’s are 2-2 against the Red Sox, 5-4 against the Rays, and 2-1 against the Tigers. They are 0-3 against the Indians, the same winning percentage that they have vs. the Yankees. So, one could argue with the same accuracy that the Yanks are just as good as the Indians because both teams haven’t lost a game to the O’s. The Yanks would, in fact, be better, because they’ve won 6 games against the O’s, and the Tribe has only won 3 games.

      I wonder if Steve realizes that the O’s are 24-18 (.571) when not playing the Yankees, and if they could take the Yankee games out of their record, they’d be tied for 1st with the Yanks and Red Sox.

      I realize some might consider it silly to take the O’s games vs. the Yanks out of their W/L record in order to show that they’re a superior team, but then, it’s just as silly to take the O’s games vs. the Yanks out of the Yanks’ W/L record in order to try and prove anything.

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      Context, context, context.

      This road trip, the Yanks are playing the M’s, the A’s, and the Angels. These three teams are 2nd, 1st and 3rd in the AL in team ERA. Considered from a pitching standpoint alone, the Yanks should have great trouble scoring runs against these teams, especially because two of them have their top two starters lined up to face the Yanks, while the 3rd (the A’s) have their top three starters lined up for the Yanks.

      So: the Yanks have no shot on this trip? Facing the top 3 staffs, two of whom play in severe pitcher’s parks. There go the Yanks’ HRs, and with them, the Yanks’ shot to have a winning record on this trip.

      Not so fast, Yakamoto!! The Angels, A’s and M’s are also 11th, 12th, and 13th in the league in runs scored. Expect a road trip of a lot of 3-1, 4-2 games, after which, some people will say this offense is overrated, and chalk up the good pitching performances to luck, instead of context.

    5. MJ Recanati
      May 27th, 2011 | 8:25 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      I wonder if Steve realizes that the O’s are 24-18 (.571) when not playing the Yankees, and if they could take the Yankee games out of their record, they’d be tied for 1st with the Yanks and Red Sox.
      I realize some might consider it silly to take the O’s games vs. the Yanks out of their W/L record in order to show that they’re a superior team, but then, it’s just as silly to take the O’s games vs. the Yanks out of the Yanks’ W/L record in order to try and prove anything.

      Very well put.

    6. Scout
      May 27th, 2011 | 9:12 pm

      Readers of this blog knows that Steve plays this game — “take out the Yankees record agains team X and Y (whatever teams the Yankees happen to beat up on), and they would have a .500/sub-.500″ — every season, regardless of how well they have played overall and where they are in the standings. Just let the guy have his fun.

    7. BOHAN
      May 28th, 2011 | 3:19 am

      I’m not really sure if this is proven but I’m going go out on a limb and say that… every team that ends up with a winning record at the end of the year will have at least one team that they absolutely beat up on all year.

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