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April 27, 2009 – 1:16 pm

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Hitting

Name G AB R H HR RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP SLG BA/RISP
Cabrera, M 10 24 7 7 4 6 4 4 18 .292 .393 .792 .000
Cano 10 45 7 17 4 11 2 2 25 .378 .396 .711 .133
Damon 10 39 7 14 3 6 6 6 20 .359 .457 .615 .267
Gardner 10 32 2 5 0 3 2 8 16 .156 .200 .156 .222
Jeter 10 43 9 14 2 5 5 4 12 .326 .396 .558 .250
Matsui 9 26 4 11 1 2 7 2 8 .423 .559 .654 .600
Posada 10 37 3 10 2 4 8 10 22 .270 .400 .459 .167
Ransom 8 26 3 7 0 4 1 7 18 .269 .296 .500 .222
Swisher 10 39 3 7 0 2 7 13 22 .179 .319 .282 .182
Teixeira 10 36 6 8 2 7 9 8 17 .222 .404 .389 .364
TEAM TOTAL 10 373 53 105 18 50 53 65 185 .282 .376 .485 .220
Last 10 games as of 04/26/2009 min 15 AB

The good news here is that Cano continues to pound the ball. Yes, it’s still early but if he can continue near this pace it’s going to be a good year for him and should wipe out any worries about his lackluster performance of last year. The other bit of good news is that Hideki Matsui appears to be back to his former self. And judging by the way he’s running the bases, he seems to be completely over his injuries. Of course the big issue is whether he can stay healthy — if he can, he’s going to be a big plus this year.

And naturally there’s bad news as well — Teixeira still has yet to really start hitting. But to his credit in spite of the low BA he’s getting on base a lot (a team best 9 walks over the last 10 games), plus he is hitting with RISP. You have to wonder if pitchers aren’t pitching around him some, with not all that much power in the cleanup position right now. Which is going to completely change when A-Rod is back in the lineup.

And then there’s everyone’s favorite player right now, Nick Swisher — who alas, is quickly reverting back to last year’s form when he hit an embarrassing .219 with the White Sox. Nick is clearly a good guy and a fun player to follow — but if he is regressing back to last year’s form that ain’t going to cut it.

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Pitching

Name G W L SV IP H R ER BB K ERA K/9 BB/9
Burnett 2 0 0 0 11.3 11 11 11 10 5 8.74 4.0 7.9
Chamberlain 2 0 0 0 10.0 15 7 6 9 6 5.40 5.4 8.1
Pettitte 3 1 1 0 20.3 21 9 8 5 10 3.54 4.4 2.2
Sabathia 2 0 0 0 12.3 11 8 7 9 6 5.11 4.4 6.6
Total Starters 10 1 2 0 55.3 66 43 40 33 28 6.51 4.6 5.4
Albaladejo 5 1 1 0 4.0 3 3 3 1 2 6.75 4.5 2.3
Bruney 4 2 0 0 3.7 2 1 1 0 4 2.45 9.8 0.0
Coke 5 0 0 0 4.0 1 0 0 1 1 0.00 2.3 2.3
Marte 5 0 1 0 4.3 8 9 9 3 6 18.71 12.5 6.2
Ramirez, E 4 0 0 0 4.0 6 6 5 4 4 11.25 9.0 9.0
Rivera 6 0 0 3 6.3 9 2 2 0 8 2.84 11.4 0.0
Veras 4 1 1 0 6.7 4 5 5 4 7 6.76 9.5 5.4
Total Bullpen 10 4 3 3 39.0 46 35 34 17 39 7.85 9.0 3.9
TEAM TOTAL 10 5 5 3 94.3 112 78 74 50 67 7.06 6.4 4.8
Last 10 games as of 04/26/2009 min 3 IP

As the old saw goes, this game is all about pitching and right now the Yankee pitching is literally the worst in the majors with an overall team ERA of 6.26. Not even the Texas Rangers, who normally set the gold standard for bad pitching, are that bad. You’ve got three question marks for starters, and in the bullpen with Bruney out there’s only Phil Coke showing any kind of reliability at all. This has to change, and change quickly. I still have faith that the starting rotation will eventually be as strong as we thought it would be at the start of the season — but the bullpen? That’s still very scary.

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