NYY vs. Seattle

June 30, 2009 – 10:44 am

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Hitting

Name G AB R H HR RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP SLG BA/RISP
Cabrera, Me 10 25 4 7 1 1 6 4 7 .280 .419 .480 .333
Cano 9 37 2 8 0 0 2 4 29 .216 .275 .270 .000
Damon 9 29 3 9 0 7 5 6 10 .310 .412 .414 .583
Gardner 9 32 4 11 1 4 4 3 8 .344 .417 .563 .286
Jeter 8 30 9 10 0 0 6 3 14 .333 .444 .433 .250
Posada 8 27 4 6 1 5 4 7 13 .222 .313 .333 .250
Rodriguez, A 9 27 5 8 2 11 10 5 11 .296 .486 .519 .500
Swisher 10 35 4 8 2 4 4 5 16 .229 .308 .486 .111
Teixeira 10 39 5 9 0 5 8 6 21 .231 .375 .333 .313
TEAM TOTAL 10 347 48 89 8 45 53 58 172 .256 .357 .403 .298
Last 10 games as of 06/28/2009 min 15 AB

Recently the hitting has been an all or nothing proposition. In the last 10 games, they’ve been held to one or fewer runs 3 times, but also scored 8 or more 3 times. On the negative side, it seems like Robinson Cano is the one you always hear about as really slumping — but the reality is that Posada, Swisher, and yes even Mark Teixeira are also hitting pretty poorly of late. But at least Tex is coming through with RISP, whereas Cano on the other hand can’t do anything in RBI situations. So all the barbs headed Robbie’s way are probably justified. He needs to get back in a groove.

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Pitching

Name G W L SV IP H R ER BB K ERA K/9 BB/9
Burnett, A 2 1 1 0 13.3 6 2 1 6 18 0.68 12.2 4.1
Chamberlain 2 1 1 0 12.3 14 6 5 4 11 3.65 8.0 2.9
Pettitte 2 1 0 0 10.7 10 7 4 3 11 3.37 9.3 2.5
Sabathia 2 1 0 0 8.3 6 2 2 1 9 2.16 9.7 1.1
Wang 2 1 1 0 10.3 10 5 5 4 7 4.36 6.1 3.5
Total Starters 10 5 3 0 55.0 46 22 17 18 56 2.78 9.2 2.9
Aceves, A 3 1 0 0 6.0 3 0 0 1 4 0.00 6.0 1.5
Bruney 4 0 0 0 3.3 1 1 1 4 3 2.69 8.1 10.8
Coke 6 0 0 0 5.0 3 1 1 0 6 1.80 10.8 0.0
Hughes, P 3 0 0 0 4.3 0 0 0 1 5 0.00 10.4 2.1
Rivera, Ma 3 0 0 3 3.0 1 0 0 0 6 0.00 18.1 0.0
Robertson, D 5 0 0 0 5.3 5 3 2 3 8 3.37 13.5 5.1
Tomko 3 0 1 0 5.0 3 3 3 0 4 5.40 7.2 0.0
Total Bullpen 10 1 1 3 32.0 16 8 7 9 36 1.97 10.1 2.5
TEAM TOTAL 10 6 4 3 87.0 62 30 24 27 92 2.48 9.5 2.8
Last 10 games as of 06/28/2009 min 3 IP

Kind of lost in the ups and downs of the offense is what the pitching has been doing recently. Those are some pretty amazing stats! All of a sudden the Yankees are getting the pitching everyone thought they would have at the beginning of the season. People complain about Andy Pettitte struggling — over his last two starts he’s all the way up to a 3.37 ERA with 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Sheez. And even Chien-Ming Wang is pitching to a 4.36 ERA. For the No. 5 starter, that ain’t all that bad. And the bullpen is absolutely lights out — even with Brett Tomko they have a combined ERA of under 2.00 and K/9 over 10. Clearly it’s the pitching that is carrying the team right now — and there’s no reason not to expect more of the same.

After going through a rough spot after the Boston disaster, the Yankees have now won back-to-back series — albeit from sub-.500 teams. The schedule gets a lot tougher now — they have three pretty good plus-.500 teams coming up (Seattle, Toronto, and Minnesota) and then they face divisional leaders Los Angeles and Detroit. The next couple of weeks will tell us a lot about where this team is going to end up.

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