• The Yankees Pitiful Offense

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2013 · Comments (16)

    Here are the numbers on the Yankees offense, so far, in this 2013 season:

    Split G PA R 2B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG sOPS+
    as C 56 198 26 5 6 18 2 14 36 .234 .297 .366 88
    as 1B 56 222 21 13 8 29 3 13 49 .223 .271 .413 73
    as 2B 56 240 29 12 14 36 2 19 36 .291 .350 .536 148
    as 3B 56 221 22 9 4 19 1 10 52 .272 .321 .374 89
    as SS 56 217 17 6 1 13 7 17 56 .206 .279 .275 63
    as LF 56 235 27 7 9 23 5 13 35 .244 .285 .398 79
    as CF 56 249 32 10 6 22 11 21 48 .269 .333 .439 112
    as RF 56 224 20 6 5 14 2 13 26 .246 .293 .367 76
    as DH 51 216 27 5 10 29 3 27 55 .235 .338 .433 104
    as P 5 11 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 .000 .000 .000 -100
    as PH 25 34 5 1 2 5 0 5 12 .143 .294 .393 114
    as PH for DH 7 7 3 0 2 3 0 2 0 .400 .571 1.600 426
    as Infield 56 1098 115 45 33 115 9 73 229 .247 .305 .398 93
    as Outfield 56 708 79 23 20 59 14 47 109 .253 .304 .402 89
    at Def. Pos. 56 904 104 33 27 89 19 71 176 .253 .317 .411 106
    at Off. Pos. 56 902 90 35 26 85 7 49 162 .246 .293 .388 80
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 6/3/2013.

    .

    Basically, the Yankees line-up has three sticks:  Second base, Center Field, and Designated Hitter.

    The corner outfielder positions are a joke.  (On Left Field, you can say that the Granderson injury hurt.  But, for Right Field, clearly Brian Cashman deserves some blame for going with aging Ichiro as his corner OF there in 2013.)

    First Base will get better with Teixeira’s return.  And, Third Base, while below league average, is not as bad as he holes the Yankees have at Catcher and Shortstop.  And, when will those get fixed?  You think Cervelli is the answer at backstop?  He’s injury-prone and unproven.  And, who knows when Jeter comes back at short – or how effective he will be?

    Catcher, short, left and right.  That’s half the line-up.  And, until they start to hit, the Yankees are going to continue to have a bad offensive team.

    Comments on The Yankees Pitiful Offense

    1. LMJ229
      June 3rd, 2013 | 10:00 am

      This team is very hard to watch offensively. When our pitcher gives up one or two runs I feel like the game is over. Forget it if he gives up three runs or more. We can’t keep going like this.

    2. June 3rd, 2013 | 10:50 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      We can’t keep going like this.

      You have faith in Cashman’s ability to address the team’s needs?

    3. MJ Recanati
      June 3rd, 2013 | 11:27 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      You have faith in Cashman’s ability to address the team’s needs?

      Yes.

    4. KPOcala
      June 3rd, 2013 | 11:42 am

      Hey! This “small ball, plucky team” is fun to watch, right?

    5. June 3rd, 2013 | 11:55 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Yes.

      Why? Are not the holes there, more than partly, because of his plan? If they guy allowed the holes to happen, then why should we trust that he can fix them?

    6. EHawk
      June 3rd, 2013 | 1:00 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      I really can’t see how Cashman is the one to blame…He didn’t know the entire team was going to be injured going into the season. The only real question marks they had were Arod and Jeter (who was supposed to be ready Opening Day) They got Youk to fill in at 3rd and I didn’t see a huge problem having Ichiro in RF. What has really hurt is the injuries to Jeter and Granderson and then Nunez which has forced them to patch together the IF and OF.

      Honestly its amazing they are actually over .500 Thankfully they are still it in in regards to the AL East and Wildcard so if they can stay close here until they get guys back I see them having a decent 2nd half of the season. There is only so much Cashman can do. You take 60% of any teams starters and see how well they do.

    7. June 3rd, 2013 | 1:19 pm

      EHawk wrote:

      I really can’t see how Cashman is the one to blame

      He’s the one who decided to count on older and/or fat-cat players who were likely to get hurt and/or have a down year. And, he’s the one who built the farm system that has no one to come in and help where needed. So, this is on him, IMHO.

    8. NC Yankee
      June 3rd, 2013 | 1:31 pm

      I read here everyday, but today is the first time I have responded. The Cashman bashing is so tired. Injuries are to blame. No one could have seen the current situation happening. The Yankees have been in the playoffs every year since 1995 except one. How can anyone in their right mind see that as a problem? Once the playoffs start it’s a crap shoot. Just getting there is the major accomplishment. I know this is your site and your opinion is that Cashman is to blame for everything, but come on man, give it a rest. Be happy your favorite team is in the running for a championship EVERY year.

    9. EHawk
      June 3rd, 2013 | 1:39 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      Well the only reason he had to count on them was that they are in contracts and pretty much untradable. As for getting guys like Hafner, Ichiro, Wells….they were pretty much all that was left and within the budget constraints that ownership was forcing on him. I’m sure he would of liked to keep Swisher or go after Michael Borne but Hal wasn’t allowing it. Whether you like Cashman or not he is just a GM and I’m sure when it comes to signing players to long term contracts he has to report to his boss to get their blessings like we all do in our jobs. Cashman is the one who takes the heat and he IMO does a great job at that but ownership is really to blame for this roster.

    10. LMJ229
      June 3rd, 2013 | 1:45 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      You have faith in Cashman’s ability to address the team’s needs?

      I’m not sure Cashman will do anything other than wait for our injured players to return. I’m also not sure he should be blamed for our current situation. Granderson and Texiera were both hurt in Spring training. He brought in Wells and Overbay to replace them and that has worked out. He brought in Youkilis to replace A-Rod. Now you can argue that Youkilis is injury prone but he was probably the best available option to replace A-Rod so the jury is still out on that one. He planned to have Nunez replace Jeter. So far that has not worked out but you can’t really pin Nunez’ injury on Cashman.

      IMO he has had 3 discernible failures thus far. Replacing Ibanez with Hafner was a mistake because Hafner doesn’t offer us anything defensively. Their offensive stats are essentially the same. Re-signing Ichiro was also a mistake. He is too old and is clearly a fraction of his former self. I would have loved to see a guy like Chris Dickerson there. And finally, letting Martin walk for the same amount they are paying Ichiro was a huge mistake. The fact that they didn’t even make an offer to Martin makes absolutely no sense to me.

    11. LMJ229
      June 3rd, 2013 | 1:48 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      Hey! This “small ball, plucky team” is fun to watch, right?

      Well, the key is to have a good balance between the “small ball, plucky players” and the “big hairy monsters”. This team seems to go too far one way or the other.

    12. LMJ229
      June 3rd, 2013 | 1:56 pm

      EHawk wrote:

      Cashman is the one who takes the heat and he IMO does a great job at that but ownership is really to blame for this roster.

      Don’t know that I agree with you here, it is, after all, every GMs job to develop a roster within the budget constraints established by ownership. That’s his job. If you are not going to give him any of the blame are you not going to give him any of the credit should the Yanks win the World Series this year? Would all the credit go to the ownership?

    13. MJ Recanati
      June 3rd, 2013 | 2:10 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Replacing Ibanez with Hafner was a mistake because Hafner doesn’t offer us anything defensively

      Neither did Ibanez. Just saying.

    14. MJ Recanati
      June 3rd, 2013 | 2:20 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Why? Are not the holes there, more than partly, because of his plan? If they guy allowed the holes to happen, then why should we trust that he can fix them?

      The holes are at SS (Jeter’s injury), 3B (Rodriguez’s injury, Youkilis’s injury), C (Martin’s departure, Cervelli’s injury), LF (Granderson’s injury), 1B (Teixeira’s injury), and RF (Swisher’s departure).

      Unless you could’ve predicted that Granderson and Teixeira would both have wrist injuries in spring training, I’m not sure I see what else could’ve been done. The team plugged holes and, thus far, the patchwork has been successful.

    15. EHawk
      June 3rd, 2013 | 2:22 pm

      @ LMJ229:
      That’s true but in Cashman’s defense the ownership changed their financial approach mid-stream on him and most of the players were already in long term deals and his flexibility was limited. There are only so many ways you can trim payroll when you have that many high end long term deals. Cashman had to make some tough decisions like not bringing back Martin and not going out to get a legit RF and SS. His moves after the injuries to fill in the gaps I thought were decent considering what was out there.

    16. Evan3457
      June 3rd, 2013 | 3:30 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      MJ Recanati wrote:
      Yes.
      Why? Are not the holes there, more than partly, because of his plan? If they guy allowed the holes to happen, then why should we trust that he can fix them?

      Well, I suppose he could’ve re-signed Swisher and Martin to multi-year deals to fill those holes. Swisher’s OPS+ is 132 so far, and Martin’s is 120. Everybody knew Martin was going to hit like this, right? Everyone would’ve been happy signing Swisher for another 4 years, right?

      You don’t get to complain about Swisher and Martin being lousy in the post-season, and the Yanks must get rid of them, and then complain also about the holes left behind, especially at catcher, because if Granderson was healthy they could close the RF hole.

      As for the SS hole, once again, the Yanks are down to their 3rd and 4th options at that position.

    Leave a reply

    You must be logged in to post a comment.