NYY at Tampa Bay

September 2, 2008 – 11:18 am

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, Who Cares: Hitting

Name G AB R H HR RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP SLG BA/RISP
Abreu 10 41 8 19 0 3 5 4 14 .463 .522 .512 .500
Cano 10 41 5 14 3 5 0 9 15 .341 .341 .634 .222
Damon 10 43 10 15 4 6 5 7 10 .349 .429 .651 .200
Giambi 10 34 4 8 4 12 2 8 19 .235 .275 .588 .286
Jeter 10 42 5 12 0 2 4 5 11 .286 .348 .286 .571
Matsui 10 37 3 8 1 5 5 6 13 .216 .310 .324 .300
Nady 10 41 2 11 1 6 1 13 15 .268 .279 .390 .300
Rodriguez, A 10 41 10 13 1 8 1 8 28 .317 .378 .512 .375
Rodriguez, I 8 26 3 5 1 1 2 5 14 .192 .250 .308 .000
TEAM TOTAL 10 362 54 109 17 53 25 70 147 .301 .353 .483 .323

Overall, the hitting would seem to be more than adequate. However, the last 10 games have been two totally different stories. They’ve done well against the sub-.500 teams (8.8 RPG against Baltimore and Detroit), but poorly against the plus-.500 teams (3.2 RPG against Boston and Toronto).

Alex Rodriguez’ stats are particularly interesting. He of course has become the target of the boo-birds for several massive failures to hit in the clutch. But the reality is that most of the time people start citing stats that “prove” that A-Rod is not a clutch hitter, they’re basically just cherry-picking those stats. These last ten games are typical — a critical set of games where overall the Yankees failed miserably, and Alex is being blamed heavily. And yet his BA/OBP/SLG are more than respectable, he’s averaging almost one RBI per game, and his BA-RISP is actually higher than his BA.

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, Who Cares: Pitching

Name G W L SV IP H R ER BB K ERA K/9 BB/9
Mussina 2 0 0 0 13.0 14 6 6 2 9 4.15 6.2 1.4
Pavano 2 2 0 0 11.0 10 4 4 2 6 3.27 4.9 1.6
Pettitte 2 0 2 0 11.0 20 12 12 4 7 9.82 5.7 3.3
Ponson 2 0 1 0 7.7 16 11 10 5 4 11.73 4.7 5.9
Rasner 2 0 0 0 9.3 14 10 7 3 3 6.75 2.9 2.9
Total Starters 10 2 3 0 52.0 74 43 39 16 29 6.75 5.0 2.8
Britton 3 0 0 0 3.0 2 0 0 1 3 0.00 9.0 3.0
Bruney 6 1 0 0 6.7 4 2 2 4 6 2.70 8.1 5.4
Marte 7 0 1 0 5.3 1 1 1 1 8 1.69 13.5 1.7
Ramirez 6 1 0 0 6.0 7 3 3 5 4 4.51 6.0 7.5
Rivera 5 1 0 4 6.7 1 0 0 1 6 0.00 8.1 1.4
Robertson 3 0 0 0 3.0 6 3 3 0 3 9.00 9.0 0.0
Veras 7 1 0 0 4.3 7 5 5 5 5 10.39 10.4 10.4
Total Bullpen 10 4 1 4 38.0 29 14 14 17 40 3.32 9.5 4.0
TEAM TOTAL 10 6 4 4 90.0 103 57 53 33 69 5.30 6.9 3.3

You knew sooner or later that the patchwork starting rotation was going to fall apart, and that’s exactly what has happened. Right now, Mussina is really the only reliable starter. Pettitte has been erratic all year, and of course Ponson and Rassner are always going to be dicy. It’s ironic that the much-maligned Carl Pavano is now solidly the #2 pitcher in the rotation, and whatever hopes (if any) the Yankees still have for this year are going to depend very much on him continuing to do well.

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