NYY vs. Texas

May 25, 2009 – 10:58 am

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 39 4 13 1 10 0 6 12 .333 .325 .436 .556
Cano 10 36 8 11 2 6 3 0 4 .306 .359 .556 .750
Cervelli 7 17 2 5 0 2 0 3 1 .294 .294 .353 .667
Damon 9 34 7 9 1 3 4 5 13 .265 .342 .382 .250
Gardner 6 15 3 5 1 1 1 0 2 .333 .375 .733 .000
Jeter 10 41 8 14 3 7 5 5 9 .341 .413 .634 .333
Matsui 9 31 2 5 1 1 1 8 19 .161 .188 .323 .000
Rodriguez, A 10 32 8 7 6 9 9 8 19 .219 .419 .813 .222
Swisher 10 29 4 4 1 2 7 8 14 .138 .306 .241 .000
Teixeira 10 39 9 18 6 15 4 7 13 .462 .523 1.026 .583
TEAM TOTAL 10 337 59 93 22 57 34 57 113 .276 .346 .531 .333
Last 10 games as of 05/24/2009 min 15 AB

The two numbers that jump out at you here are the team .531 SLG and .333 BA/RISP. It’s pretty clear that A-Rod’s presence in the lineup is what is driving those numbers — not only his contribution (mainly HRs at this point), but also how Mark Teixeira’s numbers have now taken off, and how everyone else in the lineup seems to be hitting better, particularly with RISP. Having A-Rod back is making all the difference in the world.

On the down side, the two guys who are struggling are Nick Swisher and Hideki Matsui. In the case of Matsui, it seems obvious that he’s playing hurt — for a while it looked like his knees were no longer bothering him, and he was starting to hit better. But that’s clearly not the case any more. As for Swisher, who knows what the problem is there. Other than he’s simply regressing back to the same type of year he had last year with the White Sox (.219 / .332 / .410).

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 12.7 14 7 7 8 14 4.97 9.9 5.7
Chamberlain 2 0 0 0 6.7 5 2 2 4 7 2.70 9.4 5.4
Hughes, P 2 1 0 0 10.0 12 6 6 5 11 5.40 9.9 4.5
Pettitte 2 1 0 0 13.7 17 8 8 3 8 5.27 5.3 2.0
Sabathia 2 1 0 0 15.0 12 4 4 1 11 2.40 6.6 0.6
Total Starters 10 3 1 0 58.0 60 27 27 21 51 4.19 7.9 3.3
Aceves, A 4 3 0 0 7.3 5 0 0 1 4 0.00 4.9 1.2
Albaladejo 3 0 0 0 4.0 7 4 4 3 5 9.00 11.3 6.8
Coke 5 0 0 1 5.7 5 4 4 3 2 6.35 3.2 4.8
Rivera 5 0 0 2 6.3 5 1 1 0 5 1.42 7.1 0.0
Tomko 4 0 1 0 3.3 2 1 1 2 0 2.69 0.0 5.4
Veras 6 2 0 0 4.0 3 0 0 3 3 0.00 6.8 6.8
Wang 1 0 0 0 3.0 6 2 2 1 2 6.00 6.0 3.0
Total Bullpen 10 5 1 3 37.0 34 13 13 17 24 3.16 5.8 4.1
TEAM TOTAL 10 8 2 3 95.0 94 40 40 38 75 3.79 7.1 3.6
Last 10 games as of 05/24/2009 min 3 IP

The nice surprise here is how well the bullpen has been doing. Alfredo Aceves has been stellar, but the real surprise is Jose Veras who has actually made it through six appearances without giving up a single run. That said though, he’s still walking a lot of batters and is a long ways from becoming anything but scary every time he enters the game. Until Brian Bruney is back and healthy, the Yankees are still going to need a lot of offense to neutralize this bullpen.

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