• The Yankees Are Kickin’ The Dog Days Of August In The Fanny

    Posted by on August 16th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    So far, this month, the Yankees are 10-4.

    And, this includes splitting a four game set in Motown and taking the first three games of a four game set against the Rangers.

    Granted, it also includes going 4-2 against the M’s and Jays. But, still…

    Color me impressed. And, color me more impressed if they keep it up against the Red Sox and White Sox, who are up next after Texas.

    Credit Freddy Garcia with some of this too. In the first 15 days of August, he’s 3-0 with an ERA of 3.06 in his three starts. He and Kurdoa, who has an ERA of 1.66 in August, to date, are the Yankees best pitchers this month.

    By the way, the Yankees are doing this without A-Rod. So, let’s file away all that crap about how the Yankees batting order lacks balance without him in the line-up.

    Comments on The Yankees Are Kickin’ The Dog Days Of August In The Fanny

    1. Garcia
      August 16th, 2012 | 9:23 am

      That’s how the season goes, you have some good 15 – 20 game sets, and you have some not so good 15 – 20 game sets. The key is to have more of the former, and stay around .500 during the not so good latter.

      The aggregate total is supposed to reflect a good-to-really-good baseball team, it’s not meant to slice and dice the data as such to make a team that’s 23 games over .500 as a .500 team.

      Let’s not make everything to be about A-Rod, the team stopped being an A-Rod led power team after 2010. He’s still valuable, he’s still dangerous, he’s just not the centerpiece of it all and you can now replace his level of production very easily.

    2. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 16th, 2012 | 10:36 am

      Steve, who would have thought Freddy would step up and perform like he has after to a very poor start at the beginning of the season?. Kuroda, well, as his stats are suggesting, as long as he continues to get more GB outs and reduced his FB%, no reason why he cant continue to be the pitcher the Yankees need down the stretch?

      I am not sure if you have noticed this, but, teams like the Rangers, Angels, Whitesox, Tigers they are no different than the Yankees in terms of building an offensive dynamo.. And when they slump, boy they look just as bad as what the Yankees do. People speak of how weak the Yankee pitching staff is and some can make arguments it isn’t, but these other teams are IMO built exactly like the Yankees. The only advantage I see the Yankees have over them, is the bullpen. Their offense beats up on weak teams and weaker pitching staffs just like what the Yankees have been know to become. My point is, experience pitchers like Freddy and Kuroda might not be Verlander or Cain, but experience sure goes a long way to help your team down the stretch.. Lets hope it continues till October!

      And IMO, after this weekend, Redsox will be officially done for the 2012 season, not they were even in contention, but its one less team the Yankees will have to worry about in the AL EAST!

    3. 77yankees
      August 16th, 2012 | 10:59 am

      @ Garcia:

      Agreed about A-Rod. Cano has been the best player on the team for a few years now.

    4. Greg H.
      August 16th, 2012 | 12:06 pm

      Garcia wrote:

      Let’s not make everything to be about A-Rod, the team stopped being an A-Rod led power team after 2010. He’s still valuable, he’s still dangerous, he’s just not the centerpiece of it all and you can now replace his level of production very easily.

      Agreed. However, the replacement production the Yanks are getting since A-Rod went down is something like .408 with 7 homers, which is extraordinary. No way Chavez keeps this up, but I have to credit the Yanks bench here, and overall depth to do as well as they are with all the injuries they have sustained.

      And IMO, after this weekend, Redsox will be officially done for the 2012 season, not they were even in contention, but its one less team the Yankees will have to worry about in the AL EAST!

      Although I make it a practice to never bury the Red Sox before late September, nothing would please me more than to take three straight against them and put them squarely in the basement. The turmoil over there, delightfully karmic though it is, is difficult to watch, even though it is the Red Sox.

    5. Greg H.
      August 16th, 2012 | 12:10 pm

      “Granted, it also includes going 4-2 against the M’s and Jays. But, still…”

      And one of the losses was a King Felix masterpiece. I give the Yanks a pass on that one. What Felix could do if he played for even a half-decent team would make for some great baseball.

    6. #15
      August 16th, 2012 | 12:16 pm

      Double props to Chavez. Not a durable body to be sure, but the guy has tools with the leather and the wood. We’ve lost nothing, and might have gained some, since A-Rod went down.

      I didn’t think Freddie had anything left. I’d have start Phelps in his spot a long time ago. I was wrong.

      That crying sound you here is from the Nation. They flat out stink right now, clubhouse is a mess, manager has curled up in a ball. It’s a great thing to behold.

    7. Evan3457
      August 16th, 2012 | 12:40 pm

      Well, yeah, if Eric Chavez is gonna hit .422/.490/.800, like he has over his last 12 games, then, yeah, they don’t need A-Rod at all.

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      Did you know that the Yanks are 28-26 in the games started by Chavez, and 55-36 in the games started by A-Rod? Including the game he was injured in, they were 58-39 at the time of his injury. The bottomed out of their slump, and are now 12-8 since he’s been gone.

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      Actually, it’s simpler than that. In the Yanks last 8 games (7-1), the team ERA is 3.42, they’re batting .304/.369/.498 as a team and they’re 27-70 (.386) with RISP.

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      Which reminds me…for a long time this season, I would ask this question: who’s the only team in the AL hitting worse than the Yanks with RISP? And the answer was, well, the M’s and couple of other teams were down there with the Yanks, but the answer was:

      Teams facing the Yanks. The reason why the Yanks were near .600 despite hitting about .230 with RISP was because their pitching was holding the opposition to about .220 with RISP.

      The Yanks bottomed out at about .218, last in the league with RISP, in the middle of the 2nd series vs. the Mets. They’re now at .257, which is 8th, and just below the AL average of .262. They’re now 5th in OPS with RISP.

      Other “clutch hitting” numbers of note:

      RISP, 2 outs (Lg. Avg. .242 and .730): Yanks are .237 (7th) and .748 (5th)
      Late & Close (.239/.686): Yanks are .267 (2nd) and .820 (1st)
      Tie Game (.256/.734): Yanks are .282 (2nd) and .829 (1st)
      Within 1 run (.257/.736): Yanks are .277 (2nd) and .797 (1st)
      High Leverage (.259/.734): Yanks are .279 (2nd) and .830 (1st)

      The team that keeps beating the Yanks out for 1st in BAVG is the Tigers.

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      The Yankee pitchers have been hit harder with RISP in this winning streak (19-60, .317) but for the season they have the lowest BAVG against (.237) with RISP and the lowest OPS against (.684).

      RISP with 2 outs? Well, people have noticed the Yanks giving up a disproportionate amount of run scoring hits with 2 outs. That much is true: .241/.708 (9th/4th).

      Their numbers in the other clutch categories are all mediocre.

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      Where do they miss Gardner? Team defense.
      They’re 11th in team DER.
      They’re 13th in Defensive Rtot (Baseball Reference) at -38 runs.
      They’re 11th in team BIS +/- DRS at -11.
      They’re 10th in UZR Runs saved at -14.

      You know, in consideration of their home ballpark and their mediocre-poor team defense, the Yanks pitching staff, overall, is probably about as good as anyone in the league, including Tampa.

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