drop two straight series
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.
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.
bright side of things is that it definitely was not pitching;
fact, study these numbers:
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…
the contrary, since June 13th to today (seven games of play), the
Yankees pitching staff has given up only 18 runs.
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;
New York Yankees are not hitting.
May 1st, through today, the Yankee batting average has dropped close
to 40 points
following is the Yankee hitting stats for the month of May, with a
game average at the bottom:
|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|
following is the Yankee hitting stats so far for the month of June,
with a game average at the bottom:
|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|
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.
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.
with that, I’ll leave you until tomorrow, when I’ll give
thoughts/predictions on the upcoming series.
of the Day: No
immediate word on Sabathia’s injury
Note: How about Brett Gardner?