Friday Morning Stats

A few statistics to consider to see that, and how, the Yankees sit at 12-11, 2 1/2 games out of first in the East:

The Yankees are tied with Detroit for third in AL batting average at .269, are sixth in OBP at .340, and fourth in OPS at .773. The team is tied for fourth in homers, and are eighth in runs at 106. Not surprisingly, the Yankees rank eleventh in BA w/RISP with .251, and tied for ninth with RISP, 2 outs at .216.

Pitching doesn’t stack up quite so well, with the Yankees standing eleventh in ERA at 4.72, tied for tenth in batting average allowed (BAA) at .270, and are tied for seventh in WHIP at 1.40. Yankee starters are second last in AL ERA at 5.03 and BAA at .284, and eleventh in WHIP at 1.48. The bullpen is a bit better, ranking ninth in ERA at 4.29 tied for seventh in BAA at .252, and fifth in WHIP at 1.30.

In fielding, the Yankees are tied for sixth in fewest errors at 13, and tied for eighth in fielding percentage at .985. The defense has been fairly good despite not currently having a good defensive first baseman.

Clearly, starting pitching has been the weak suit for the Yankees thus far. Situational hitting has certainly lagged badly for the Yankees as well. Should the Yankees get better starts–and therefore tax the fairly good bullpen less–and better situational hitting, it is more than reasonable but almost axiomatic that their record will improve. It’s hard to imagine those aspects of their game being much worse. After the four-game set against Cleveland, the Yankees play 18 of their next 25 at home. I like home field, especially last ups and regular routines, so hopefully a return to The Bronx after a long road swing will give the team a bounce in its collective step.

Individually, Jeter is 6-28 in his last six games. Cano’s whole 2008 thus far has been a slump, but he’s actually gotten worse of late, going 5-40 in his last eleven games.  With Cleveland trotting out the lefties this series, Cano should sit a couple games, especially since he’s batting .077 with exactly one hit against lefties this year.  He’s not exactly tearing the cover off the ball against righties, either, batting .181. On the flip-side, Melky is 13-38 in his last eleven, batting .321 as a lefty for 2008.  Damon is 9-28 in his last seven, and has hit .286 against lefties, so he should be in the lineup for most of the Cleveland series.

Published in: on April 25, 2008 at 8:45 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Nice stats. I’m actually surprised a little bit by how high they’r ranked offensively. They’ve been doing well as of late but I still thought they’d be ranked a little lower. Things started out so promising for the pitching staff and now they’re where they were last year. Last week totally killed them with everyone failing to go 5 but Andy. It certainly didin’t help that Hughes got pulled after the delay.


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