We’re now 80 games into 2013, Yankeeland.
Overall, the Yankees are 42-38, in 3rd place, 5.5 games out of first and 1/2 game ahead of 4th place. They are on pace to win 85 games this season. The last time the Yankees won 85 games or less in a 162-game season was 1992 (for those scoring at home). That year, they finished 4th out of seven in the A.L. East.
In their first 40 games of 2013, the Yankees went 25-15 with a team BA/OBA/SLG line of .252/.317/.416 and a team ERA of 3.67.
In their second 40 games of 2013, the Yankees went 17-23 with a team BA/OBA/SLG line of .227/.287/.344 and a team ERA of 4.06.
How about a June swoon? The Yankees have lost 12 of the last 17 games that they have played. Their team ERA is 4.75 during this span and their team BA/OBA/SLG line is .221/.284/.321.
The Yankees really haven’t hit all season. And, now, their pitching is starting to go south. And, there’s no help in Triple-A for either of these fronts.
Yes, Cervelli, Teixeira, Jeter, A-Rod, Youkilis and Granderson have been out for basically the whole first half. But, Cervelli is average at best and Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman knew that A-Rod was going to be out for a long time this year – way before the season started. And, he should have known that about Jeter, given his age and injury. Also, Youkilis was cooked last year already. So, if you want to cry injuries, you can only really say Teixeira and Granderson. But, that’s probably only cost the Yankees about 11 homeruns this first half. (Figure Tex and Curtis would be good for 30 combined now – and take out the 19 that Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay hit in their place.)
In any event, what do you think the Yankees next 40 games will be like?