Runners Left on Base
Wang is an isolated problem, but LOB is not. The entire lineup is suffering. And it’s making the different in about every single game, with the Red Sox battles being no exception.
Yesterday, the Yankees left on 20. But what’s even more eyebrow-raising is the average LOB against the Red Sox this season (not including the 11-inning game, in which the Yank’s had 31 LOB, and Beckett’s masterpiece, no one got on anyway):
19 per game
Another astonishing number is how the Yankees have been hitting with runners in scoring position (including the extra-inning game and Beckett’s game with this one):
10 for 71, or BA of .140
The Yankees will not beat the Red Sox until they perform considerably better than these numbers during the game. Although, to be honest, sometimes it takes that 1 in every 7 hits to win a ballgame.
Topic: Chien-Ming Wang
I believe in the magic of baseball. Every fan does. But I perhaps stretched the magic when I thought that the reason Wang’s start last night would work was because it just seemed so bleak.
If only baseball was that magical. But as yesterday proved, it isn’t always. At least not for the Yankees. Over 2.2 innings pitched, Wang gave up four earned runs. That’s not as bad as his first three starts – the most nightmarish pitching performances so far this season (I hate to remind people; six innings and 23 ER). It’s not a good start by any standards, but it could serve as the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Someone in Yankees management thinks so anyway, because it appears Wang is set for his next scheduled start.
It’s worth imagining the rotation with the return of 2007-style Wang. Obviously, it would be good. BUt what’s important is it would relieve the pressure of Burnett and Sabathia to be godly aces. Who knows how well that would affect the performance. But it would also give Joba Chamberlain a chance to grow. With that breathing room in the rotation it would become one of the most important seasons of Joba’s career.
Notice the 3 HRs launched by men in pinstripes last night. Looks like the New House isn’t the only house we can launch them out of.