NYY vs. Minnesota

May 15, 2009 – 2:14 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 33 3 11 0 0 3 4 12 .333 .389 .485 .200
Cano 10 41 2 8 1 2 1 4 26 .195 .214 .341 .100
Cervelli 6 19 2 6 0 1 1 3 6 .316 .350 .316 .444
Damon 10 45 11 18 5 16 2 10 16 .400 .426 .933 .500
Jeter 8 35 3 9 0 1 3 8 13 .257 .333 .286 .222
Matsui 9 29 2 6 2 2 2 5 9 .207 .281 .448 .000
Pena 5 18 3 4 0 0 1 3 8 .222 .263 .389 .000
Rodriguez, A 6 21 1 3 1 4 4 3 8 .143 .280 .286 .333
Swisher 10 32 1 3 1 3 7 16 4 .094 .250 .219 .000
Teixeira 10 41 7 10 4 9 3 14 20 .244 .289 .585 .167
TEAM TOTAL 10 347 42 87 15 42 30 76 138 .251 .314 .464 .253
Last 10 games as of 05/14/2009 min 15 AB

The stats pretty much confirm what’s been obvious — Damon and Melky are pretty much carrying the team offensively of late, Matsui and Cano are mired in slumps, and A-Rod has yet to kick things in to gear. But one nice surprise here is Teixeira’s slugging percentage of .585 and 9 RBIs. In spite of his overall woes at the plate, he’s still second only to Johnny D’s incredible .933 SLG and 16 RBIs. The two of them account for 60% of the team RBIs over the last 10 games. So Tex ain’t doing nearly as bad as one might think.

But the big surprise over the last 10 games has been Francisco Cervelli. He was hitting all of .190 in AA ball when he was called up from Trenton — although to be fair he did hit .315 last year in the minors, so maybe his strong bat shouldn’t be all that much of a surprise. But in addition to the hitting, he’s shown a strong arm behind the plate, and overall has looked pretty good defensively. And he even seems to have better-than-expected-for-a-catcher speed on the bases. Francisco has had some bad luck with injuries so far in his young career — remember, he was the one who got run over at the plate in a spring training game last year in a very questionable bit of ugly base running by Tampa Bay. So it’s good to see him doing well at this level.

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 1 0 13.7 13 8 8 6 11 5.27 7.2 4.0
Chamberlain 2 1 1 0 11.7 15 7 7 4 17 5.40 13.1 3.1
Hughes, P 2 0 2 0 5.7 15 12 11 6 2 17.46 3.2 9.5
Pettitte 2 1 0 0 12.0 14 7 6 5 7 4.50 5.3 3.8
Sabathia 2 2 0 0 17.0 9 2 2 5 13 1.06 6.9 2.6
Total Starters 10 4 4 0 60.0 66 36 34 26 50 5.10 7.5 3.9
Aceves, A 2 0 0 0 6.3 5 2 2 2 8 2.84 11.4 2.8
Albaladejo 4 0 0 0 4.7 3 2 0 3 2 0.00 3.9 5.8
Coke 4 0 1 0 4.0 3 1 1 0 2 2.25 4.5 0.0
Ramirez, E 4 0 0 0 5.0 5 3 3 2 6 5.41 10.8 3.6
Rivera 4 0 1 2 3.7 3 2 2 1 6 4.90 14.7 2.5
Veras 3 0 0 0 3.0 3 1 1 1 2 3.00 6.0 3.0
Total Bullpen 10 0 2 2 29.0 25 13 11 13 27 3.41 8.4 4.0
TEAM TOTAL 10 4 6 2 89.0 91 49 45 39 77 4.55 7.8 3.9
Last 10 games as of 05/14/2009 min 3 IP

Although the Yankees are still next to last in the majors in overall ERA, over the last 10 games the numbers really aren’t all that bad (4.55 ERA) and if you take Phil Hughes out of the equation, they’ve got a team ERA of 3.67 over that period which is actually quite good. So if either Hughes can get things going or Wang can return to the team in his pre-2009 form, then you have to think the pitching may be getting close to what we all expected it would be before the season started. Come on, Franchise, tonight is your night to show us what you’ve got!

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