• Mayday For The First Place Yankees?

    Posted by on May 2nd, 2014 · Comments (3)

    The Yankees are 5-6 in their last 11 games. During this span, their pitchers had an ERA of 5.27 and their batters posted an OPS of .643 – and, for the record, those are bad numbers.

    Next, the Yankees play the Rays for three games – which is never easy. After that, they have an insane road trip where they play the Angels and the Brewers. This is followed by four games against the Mets.

    Overall, sans maybe three players, the Yankees are not hitting:

    Rk Pos Age G PA BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ ▴
    1 2B Brian Roberts# 36 23 88 11 16 .213 .310 .280 .590 66
    2 C Brian McCann* 30 24 94 4 12 .225 .266 .348 .614 70
    3 SS Derek Jeter 40 22 96 9 20 .271 .347 .306 .653 84
    4 LF Brett Gardner* 30 25 100 8 24 .270 .343 .337 .681 91
    5 DH Alfonso Soriano 38 26 109 4 23 .248 .284 .426 .710 96
    6 CI Kelly Johnson* 32 22 69 5 17 .219 .275 .453 .728 100
    7 RF Carlos Beltran# 37 25 107 6 21 .253 .299 .495 .794 118
    8 CF Jacoby Ellsbury* 30 26 107 9 18 .309 .364 .464 .828 130
    9 3B Yangervis Solarte# 26 23 92 12 13 .304 .402 .456 .858 139
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/2/2014.

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    And, outside of Tanaka, their starting pitching is a mess:

    Rk Age W L ERA G GS IP HR BF ERA+ ▴
    1 Ivan Nova 27 2 2 8.27 4 4 20.2 6 96 51
    2 Vidal Nuno* 26 0 0 6.59 5 2 13.2 3 63 65
    3 Hiroki Kuroda 39 2 3 5.14 6 6 35.0 4 151 82
    4 CC Sabathia* 33 3 3 5.11 6 6 37.0 6 161 82
    6 Masahiro Tanaka 25 3 0 2.27 5 5 35.2 5 139 185
    9 Michael Pineda 25 2 2 1.83 4 4 19.2 1 77 232
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/2/2014.

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    Yes, the Yankees are in first place. But, is that soon about to change?

    Comments on Mayday For The First Place Yankees?

    1. Mr. October
      May 2nd, 2014 | 2:04 pm

      “… The theory the Yankees might have five starters – none worse than a No. 3 – did not even endure to May 1… Pineda transformed from Comeback Player of the Year candidate to national joke quicker than you could dab pine tar on your neck… Since Aug. 17, [2013,] 103 pitchers have worked at least 60 innings. Kuroda’s 6.07 ERA is the third-worst, and Sabathia’s 5.16 is the seventh-worst…”

      http://nypost.com/2014/05/01/tanaka-the-only-dependable-cog-in-yanks-collapsing-rotation/

      What “Bronx Bomber bigwig” is responsible for putting this “championship-caliber” rotation together? http://nypost.com/2012/02/04/yanks-gm-makes-quick-visit-to-wifes-house-day-after-she-filed-for-divorce/

    2. May 2nd, 2014 | 2:18 pm

      It is Cashman’s contract year, this season, no? :-)

    3. Mr. October
      May 2nd, 2014 | 3:00 pm

      “… Mary Cashman, 42, submitted divorce papers in Stamford, Conn., Superior Court, listing her husband as “B.M. Cashman…”

      http://nypost.com/2012/02/04/yanks-gm-makes-quick-visit-to-wifes-house-day-after-she-filed-for-divorce/

      Mary Cashman, or her divorce lawyer, referred to Cashman as “B.M. Cashman,” and not “Brian M. Cashman,” in the divorce complaint… I wonder if something was meant by that?

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