NYY vs. Tampa Bay

June 5, 2009 – 11:29 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 6 20 2 4 1 2 2 2 11 .200 .273 .350 .000
Cano 10 44 8 12 1 7 1 2 33 .273 .289 .409 .316
Damon 9 36 9 9 1 4 6 7 20 .250 .357 .389 .333
Gardner 10 27 8 9 0 1 5 5 7 .333 .438 .333 .429
Jeter 9 39 6 17 0 4 6 4 14 .436 .511 .513 .500
Matsui 9 31 6 10 3 8 4 6 11 .323 .417 .710 .444
Posada 6 23 4 8 3 6 2 6 13 .348 .400 .783 .250
Rodriguez, A 10 39 4 13 0 9 7 5 32 .333 .435 .410 .292
Swisher 10 29 7 11 1 8 8 7 10 .379 .487 .621 .286
Teixeira 9 37 9 13 3 13 3 3 20 .351 .442 .730 .333
TEAM TOTAL 10 357 67 115 13 65 45 52 181 .322 .403 .501 .323
Last 10 games as of 06/04/2009 min 15 AB

Lots of impressive numbers here. Team BA of .322 is great, but it’s not just one or two guys that are hot. Seven of the regulars are hitting over .300 for the last 10 games, and really only Melky Cabrera is in any kind of slump. And yet he’s the guy who got the game-winner against Texas. Also interesting is the fact that the BA/RISP is identical to the BA. Seems like every time the Yankees perform poorly offensively you hear people whining about not hitting with RISP. But the reality is that you do have individual games where they do fail to hit with RISP, but that’s just the nature of the game and will be particularly true when you’re up against good pitching. Over the long haul, though, if BA/RISP tends to track pretty well with BA you should be in good shape.  And that’s definitely what it’s doing right now.

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 2 0 0 13.0 11 3 3 5 15 2.08 10.4 3.5
Chamberlain 2 1 0 0 12.0 8 5 5 6 10 3.75 7.5 4.5
Hughes, P 2 1 0 0 13.0 8 4 4 2 12 2.77 8.3 1.4
Pettitte 2 1 1 0 10.0 13 5 5 11 7 4.50 6.3 9.9
Sabathia 1 1 0 0 7.0 5 3 3 3 8 3.86 10.3 3.9
Wang 1 0 0 0 4.7 7 5 5 1 5 9.64 9.6 1.9
Total Starters 10 6 1 0 59.7 52 25 25 28 57 3.77 8.6 4.2
Aceves, A 4 0 1 0 7.7 8 5 5 2 8 5.87 9.4 2.3
Rivera 3 0 0 3 3.0 3 0 0 0 4 0.00 12.0 0.0
Robertson 6 1 0 0 4.0 1 0 0 2 4 0.00 9.0 4.5
Tomko 2 0 0 0 4.0 2 0 0 0 4 0.00 9.0 0.0
Wang 2 0 0 0 5.0 3 0 0 1 5 0.00 9.0 1.8
Total Bullpen 10 1 2 3 28.7 22 11 11 8 28 3.45 8.8 2.5
TEAM TOTAL 10 7 3 3 88.3 74 36 36 36 85 3.67 8.7 3.7
Last 10 games as of 06/04/2009 min 3 IP

As you might expect, overall the pitching has been great over the last 10 games. What may be a bit surprising is that the bullpen has actually been better than the starting rotation. In fact, other than Alfredo Aceves no reliever has given up a single run. But if you take Chien-Ming Wang out of the equation, the starters have a 3.27 ERA while the bullpen is 4.18 — which would seem to correspond more to what we’ve actually seen. Ironic that the stats look so much better with Wang in the bullpen, even though Wang is now in the starting rotation and Phil Hughes is now in the bullpen. Clearly we’ve got small sample sizes here, but still….. Bottom line is that other than the Wang issue, the pitching looks just as solid as the hitting.

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