Pitching excels behind weak hitting, creating a miserable week for the Bronx.


Yankees
drop two straight series

It
is very rare that anyone thinks or says the words ‘Thank God it’s
Monday’ but I can only imagine that is what is being muttered by
every single managerial character in the Yankee organization this
morning. One can almost hear the sigh of relief being exhaled across
Yankeedom as the team gets the hell out of Florida, leaving that
stadium and a dismal week behind them. 

It’s
hard to take a streak like this, interrupted by the occasional win,
after such a thrilling May. So as we buckle down for Atlanta on
Wednesday, it’s worth contemplating what went wrong. 

The
bright side of things is that it definitely was not pitching;

In
fact, study these numbers: 

From
May 15th to June 13th, the Yankees pitching staff averaged around 30
runs
given up every seven games. That’s not a poor performance in
the least: Definitely not one that warrants a series lost to the
god-forsaken Nationals. So it must have gotten worse going
into the series against the Nationals…

On
the contrary, since June 13th to today (seven games of play), the
Yankees pitching staff has given up only 18 runs

The
question stands: How is it that with the best pitching our staff has
given since May 15th, we performed the worst. This is not exactly a
Sherlock Holmes-caliber mystery;

The
New York Yankees are not hitting. 

Since
May 1st, through today, the Yankee batting average has dropped close
to 40 points

The
following is the Yankee hitting stats for the month of May, with a
game average at the bottom: 

Date G Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS LOB
May 1, 2009 to May 31, 2009 28 17-11 1103 980 155 276 60 5 47 152 94 3 170 11 11 7 9 22 17 6 .282 .349 .497 .846 197
Average 1.0 39.4 35.0 5.5 9.9 2.1 0.2 1.7 5.4 3.4 0.1 6.1 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.8 0.6 0.2 7.0

The
following is the Yankee hitting stats so far for the month of June,
with a game average at the bottom: 

Date G Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS LOB
Jun 1, 2009 to Jun 21, 2009 19 9-10 716 620 95 153 33 1 25 89 86 3 99 5 3 2 6 17 15 1 .247 .342 .424 .766 127
Average 1.0 37.7 32.6 5.0 8.1 1.7 0.1 1.3 4.7 4.5 0.2 5.2 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.9 0.8 0.1 6.7


These
stats (mind you, thats what they are, just stats) mean to me the
following: In May, with Gardner on third, we may have won the game
last night. In fact, we also may have come back to take the game
against the Nationals, where Cano grounded into a DP to end it. That
walk-off/comeback spark has deserted us, along with that serious
chunk of the team BA. 

But
most importantly , remember this: When Teixeira and A-Rod do decide
to awaken from their respective slumps, take a deeeeep yawn, stretch
their arms, and lumber over to the metaphorical plate,
hopefully sometime around the All-star break, we will
look nothing like the .242 we have right now in the month of June. So
stay strong, Yankee fans, 4.0 games is nothing. 

And
with that, I’ll leave you until tomorrow, when I’ll give
thoughts/predictions on the upcoming series.

Link
of the Day:
No
immediate word on Sabathia’s injury

Extra
Note:
How about Brett Gardner? 

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