• A Month In Review–May 2011 Edition

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Wow We Stayed Above .500 for the Month?!

    Once again, I meant to do this a couple of days ago, but the end of the school year is approaching and things happen.

    May Record: (15-14)-(vs TOR, 1-0; @ DET, 1-3; @ TEX, 2-1; vs KC, 1-2; vs BOS, 0-3; @ TB, 1-1; @ BAL, 2-0; vs NYM, 2-1; vs TOR, 2-1; @ SEA, 1-2; @ OAK, 2-0)

    Season Standings: New York, Boston (-1), Tampa Bay (-1.5), Toronto (-3), Baltimore (-6)

    Team Offense: .762 OPS

    The Good

    • Mark Teixeira–He is continuing his good 2011 season.  He hit 10 more home runs this month and still got on base at a .351 clip.  His overall OPS for the month is .885.  Hopefully he can follow up his May with a June of a OPS over 1.
    • Curtis Granderson–Who thought that Granderson would be the most consistent Yankee in the 2011 season?  Yeah, I didn’t either.  I had hopes, but I didn’t think it would happen.  Regardless, like Teixeira, Granderson also hit 10 home runs in May, but he also managed to bat .298 and get on base .378 of the time.  His OPS for May was 1.016.
    • Brett Gardner–He didn’t have the best start to the season, but he has picked it up in May.  He is getting on base at a .379 clip.  His stolen base rate, however, is not really good enough.

    The Bad

    • Alex Rodriguez–Putting Arod in this section when I have Gardner in the The Good section even though their numbers are shockingly similar probably isn’t fair.  But really, Alex Rodriguez should never have the same numbers as Brett Gardner.  I am also bitter about him dragging down my fantasy team for the month.
    • Jorge Posada–I am doubting very much that Posada will be a Yankee in 2012.  It would take a super amazing year for that to happen.  Right now, he once again appears in The Bad section of the team offense.  His .639 wasn’t good.  Also, possibly worse was the temper tantrum he threw–that would rival that of my third grade students who get an assignment they don’t want to complete–at learning he was dropped to 9th in the lineup.  As far as I was concerned, he was damn lucky to be in the lineup.  If it was Andruw Jones or someone similar who did the same thing, I imagine the player would have been designated for assignment the next day.
    • Nick Swisher–I thought the Yankees should have traded him in the off season.  I figured, sell him high, get what you can before he comes crashing back to Earth.  Well, he is back at Earth.  He is hanging out with a .671 OPS for the month of May, and a .669 OPS for the season as a whole.   (To be fair, I also said the Yankees should trade him after the 2009 and 2010 seasons, but he continued to be successful.)

    The Watch

    • Derek Jeter is having a decent month.  He is currently sitting on a hit streak.  He is just 16 hits away from the magical 3,000 number.  I have tickets for June 14.  It would take some hot hitting, but I’m hoping to be present for the day.

    Team Pitching: 3.36 ERA

    Wow, I think I discovered how the Yankees managed to stay above .500 for the month of May despite their putrid play.

    The Good:

    • Bartolo Colon–The best find of the off season?  When you factor in expectations? 4 out of 6 starts from Colon in May were at least Quality Starts.  His record for the month was only 1-2, but that was due to the lack of offense and/or bullpen behind him.  I will take a 3.57 ERA out of him every time.
    • David Robertson–0.75. 0.75. Yeah.  David Robertson posted a 0.75 ERA for the month of May.  He is also striking out nearly twice as many people as innings pitched.  If there is one complaint about Robertson, is that he is also walking nearly 1 batter per inning pitched as well.
    • Mariano Rivera–I wasn’t really sure if I should put him here or not.  On one hand, he posted a 2.08 ERA, but on the other hand, he also had a blown save and a loss during an extra innings game.
    • Joba Chamberlain–Joba also posted a 2.08 ERA, and didn’t relinquish a lead once.  I am also liking his control this year.  Hopefully he can continue this for the remainder of the year.

    The Bad

    • uhh….I got nothing.  Normally I would have at least one pitcher with an ERA of about 4.50 who I could shove in this category, but all of the major players on the Yankee pitching staff don’t even break four.  Well, Burnett has a 4.05 ERA for May, but I hardly think that counts as bad.

    Comments on A Month In Review–May 2011 Edition

    1. redbug
      June 3rd, 2011 | 5:38 pm

      Thanks for the great review. It’s fun to be reminded of what’s gone on for the last month.

      The only thing I’d add is a negative in the pitching department – Ivan Nova. He started the month off well, getting two W’s and pitching relatively late in the games. But, since then, he’s not lasted long and ended up w/ an ERA of 4.67 and only one W.

    2. LMJ229
      June 4th, 2011 | 12:02 am

      redbug wrote:

      The only thing I’d add is a negative in the pitching department – Ivan Nova. He started the month off well, getting two W’s and pitching relatively late in the games. But, since then, he’s not lasted long and ended up w/ an ERA of 4.67 and only one W.

      That was my thought exactly.

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