NYY at Minnesota

August 11, 2008 – 10:17 am

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Hitting

Name G AB R H HR RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP SLG
Abreu 10 42 7 12 1 4 2 9 22 .286 .318 .381
Betemit 7 21 4 6 1 4 0 5 6 .286 .286 .476
Cabrera 9 21 1 3 0 1 0 3 9 .143 .182 .143
Cano 9 30 6 8 1 4 3 2 16 .267 .333 .467
Damon 10 42 7 16 0 4 5 6 7 .381 .447 .452
Giambi 10 25 3 5 3 5 6 8 12 .200 .394 .560
Jeter 10 38 4 12 1 7 5 7 18 .316 .378 .421
Molina 7 18 4 5 1 1 0 1 7 .278 .278 .444
Nady 9 34 4 14 3 9 1 7 17 .412 .444 .735
Rodriguez, A 10 34 8 7 3 5 6 12 19 .206 .357 .529
Rodriguez, I 7 15 3 4 1 1 1 2 3 .267 .313 .467
TEAM TOTAL 10 340 53 97 16 50 30 67 145 .285 .352 .471

Overall the hitting is OK, probably good enough to win with good pitching. But alas, the Yankees are not getting that right now so the hitting needs to carry the team. Giambi and A-Rod are killing them in the 3-4 positions. Both of them need to turn things around quickly for the Yankees to stay in the wild card chase.

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Pitching

Name G W L SV IP H R ER BB K ERA K/9 BB/9
Chamberlain 1 0 0 0 4.7 8 5 5 2 5 9.64 9.6 3.9
Giese 1 0 0 0 6.0 3 1 1 1 5 1.50 7.5 1.5
Mussina 2 2 0 0 14.0 10 2 1 3 11 0.64 7.1 1.9
Pettitte 2 0 1 0 12.0 16 8 8 5 8 6.00 6.0 3.8
Ponson 2 1 0 0 13.3 8 3 3 5 5 2.03 3.4 3.4
Rasner 1 0 0 0 4.0 7 5 5 3 1 11.25 2.3 6.8
Total Starters 10 3 2 0 56.0 61 29 28 20 36 4.50 5.8 3.2
Bruney 5 0 0 0 4.7 5 3 3 5 4 5.79 7.7 9.7
Giese 1 0 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 2 3 0.00 9.0 6.0
Marte 5 0 2 0 4.7 3 5 5 4 7 9.66 13.5 7.7
Ramirez 4 1 1 0 3.3 8 9 8 2 5 21.62 13.5 5.4
Rasner 1 0 0 0 4.3 5 3 3 0 4 6.24 8.3 0.0
Rivera 4 0 1 2 3.0 4 1 1 1 4 3.00 12.0 3.0
Veras 5 0 0 0 4.3 4 2 2 2 6 4.16 12.5 4.2
Total Bullpen 10 1 4 2 30.0 35 28 27 19 39 8.11 11.7 5.7
TEAM TOTAL 10 4 6 2 86.0 96 57 55 39 75 5.76 7.9 4.1

You can’t complain about the starting pitching — Mussina continues to have an incredible year and Ponson and Giese have been giving them decent starts (although with Giese it’s obviously a small sample!). And finally Good Andy showed up Sunday, so hopefully he’s back on track. But what can you say about the bullpen? It sucks, period.

This is a big series against Minnesota, as the Yankees need to pass Minnesota first in the wild card race before going after Boston. A series win here would be big. And with Kennedy Rasner starting game three, that means Ponson and Mussina have to deliver in the first two games.

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