NYY at Minnesota

July 7, 2009 – 4:26 pm

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Hitting

Name G AB R H HR RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP SLG OPS BA/RISP
Cabrera, Me 10 33 6 8 1 4 3 6 15 .242 .297 .364 .661 .222
Cano 10 44 8 14 1 1 1 4 37 .318 .333 .500 .833 .000
Damon 9 30 6 6 2 4 6 8 14 .200 .351 .500 .851 .286
Gardner 9 23 6 6 1 2 3 3 6 .261 .346 .478 .824 .000
Jeter 8 29 5 11 1 5 8 5 6 .379 .526 .517 1.043 .600
Matsui, H 9 21 3 9 3 10 3 1 8 .429 .480 1.000 1.480 .375
Posada 8 30 6 10 2 9 2 8 8 .333 .364 .567 .931 .571
Rodriguez, A 9 28 7 10 4 9 12 3 15 .357 .561 .786 1.347 .300
Swisher 10 29 3 8 1 5 4 6 16 .276 .353 .414 .767 .375
Teixeira 10 40 5 9 0 4 8 6 23 .225 .367 .300 .667 .154
TEAM TOTAL 10 348 60 99 17 57 52 61 172 .284 .381 .497 .878 .247
Last 10 games as of 07/06/2009 min 15 AB

Over the last 10 games the Yankees are averaging 6 runs and 10 hits per game. Hard to complain about that. There are a couple of guys slumping, but Jeter and Rodriguez and Matsui are more than covering for them. Cano’s total shutdown with RISP, or any runners at all on base for that matter, is worrisome. But hopefully Girardi moving him down in the order will take some pressure off him in those situations. Heck, he’s still hitting plenty good — just not with runners on. Rather weird.

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Pitching

Name G W L SV IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9
Burnett, A 2 2 0 0 14.0 7 2 2 5 17 1.29 0.86 10.9 3.2
Chamberlain 2 0 0 0 9.0 18 11 6 4 5 6.00 2.44 5.0 4.0
Pettitte 2 1 1 0 13.0 11 8 8 6 8 5.54 1.31 5.5 4.2
Sabathia 2 1 1 0 12.7 13 7 7 3 16 4.97 1.26 11.4 2.1
Wang 2 1 0 0 10.7 10 6 6 4 4 5.07 1.31 3.4 3.4
Total Starters 10 5 2 0 59.3 59 34 29 22 50 4.40 1.37 7.6 3.3
Aceves, A 3 0 0 1 6.7 3 2 1 0 6 1.35 0.45 8.1 0.0
Bruney 5 1 0 0 4.3 7 3 3 5 2 6.22 2.76 4.1 10.4
Coke 5 0 0 0 4.0 0 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.25 9.0 2.3
Hughes, P 4 0 0 0 4.0 1 0 0 1 2 0.00 0.50 4.5 2.3
Rivera, Ma 5 0 0 4 5.3 2 0 0 0 5 0.00 0.38 8.4 0.0
Robertson, D 4 0 0 0 4.0 1 1 1 2 3 2.25 0.75 6.8 4.5
Tomko 2 1 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.00 6.0 0.0
Total Bullpen 10 3 0 5 33.7 17 6 5 9 26 1.34 0.77 7.0 2.4
TEAM TOTAL 10 8 2 5 93.0 76 40 34 31 76 3.29 1.15 7.4 3.0
Last 10 games as of 07/06/2009 min 3 IP

With the obvious exception of A.J. Burnett, the Yankees are getting pretty mediocre starting pitching — but the bullpen is more than making up for it. Take Bruney out of the equation and the bullpen ERA over the last 10 games is an incredible 0.61. But when your bullpen is responsible for almost half your wins, that’s not a good long-term recipe. The starting rotation has to do better. You have to figure CC Sabathia’s last outing was a fluke, and he’ll continue to dominate the way Burnett has done recently. And you can pretty much count on Andy Pettitte to give you what he has so far this year. But something needs to happen in the No. 4 and 5 slots with Chamberlain, Wang, and whoever else might be in the mix. Somebody needs to step up and be a solid No. 3 starter so that you’re not depending so often on the bullpen and the late-inning heroics of the offense to pull you through.

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