At The All-Star Break

July 14, 2009 – 6:31 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 26 4 8 0 2 4 3 10 .308 .400 .385 .785 .333
Cano 10 44 10 14 1 4 1 2 31 .318 .348 .500 .848 .214
Damon 8 27 5 4 1 3 7 11 12 .148 .343 .259 .602 .429
Gardner 9 29 4 7 0 6 1 7 13 .241 .267 .310 .577 .455
Jeter 10 43 8 18 1 5 7 3 10 .419 .500 .558 1.058 .444
Matsui, H 9 25 5 9 3 9 7 4 9 .360 .500 .760 1.260 .500
Posada 8 28 7 11 1 7 2 8 9 .393 .438 .571 1.009 .500
Rodriguez, A 9 33 9 12 4 9 7 8 20 .364 .476 .758 1.234 .300
Swisher 9 32 1 7 0 7 3 6 21 .219 .286 .250 .536 .300
Teixeira 10 43 5 12 1 3 5 9 26 .279 .354 .372 .726 .167
TEAM TOTAL 10 364 64 111 15 63 46 70 180 .305 .390 .481 .871 .340
Last 10 games as of 07/12/2009 min 15 AB

You kinda knew the offense was doing OK lately and that the problem was the pitching — but I had no idea it was doing this well! A team BA of .305, along with a .340 BA/RISP — that’s amazing. And four people with 1.0+ OPS. That’s a lot of power in the middle of that lineup — particularly considering Teixeira is right now in somewhat of a mini-slump. The only real weakness in the order is Damon and Swisher. With Swish I think maybe what you see is what you get — a streaky guy who will contribute from time to time, but not someone you can count on every day. But Damon — I just have to believe something is wrong there. Hopefully the 5 days off for the break will cure him of whatever it is that ails him. Anyway, things are looking very good for the second half of the season as far as scoring runs go.

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Pitching

Name G W L SV IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9
Aceves, A 1 0 0 0 3.1 4 4 3 1 2 8.11 1.50 5.4 2.7
Burnett, A 2 2 0 0 13.1 13 4 4 6 9 2.70 1.43 6.1 4.1
Chamberlain 2 0 0 0 8.0 18 13 7 2 5 7.88 2.50 5.6 2.3
Pettitte 2 0 2 0 10.1 12 12 12 7 4 10.45 1.84 3.5 6.1
Sabathia 2 1 1 0 13.2 12 6 6 4 9 3.95 1.17 5.9 2.6
Wang 1 0 0 0 5.1 6 4 4 1 1 6.75 1.31 1.7 1.7
Total Starters 10 3 3 0 54.0 65 43 36 21 30 6.00 1.59 5.0 3.5
Aceves, A 1 0 0 1 4.0 1 0 0 0 5 0.00 0.25 11.3 0.0
Albaladejo 3 2 0 0 4.0 3 0 0 1 4 0.00 1.00 9.0 2.3
Bruney 3 0 0 0 3.0 5 3 3 3 2 9.00 2.67 6.0 9.0
Coke 5 0 0 0 4.1 5 5 5 2 4 10.39 1.62 8.3 4.2
Hughes, P 5 0 0 0 5.1 2 0 0 2 3 0.00 0.75 5.1 3.4
Rivera, Ma 4 0 0 3 4.1 2 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.46 6.2 0.0
Robertson, D 4 0 0 0 4.1 4 4 4 6 8 8.31 2.31 16.6 12.5
Tomko 3 1 0 0 4.1 4 2 2 1 1 4.16 1.15 2.1 2.1
Total Bullpen 10 3 1 4 36.0 29 17 16 15 30 4.00 1.22 7.5 3.8
TEAM TOTAL 10 6 4 4 90.0 94 60 52 36 60 5.20 1.44 6.0 3.6
Last 10 games as of 07/12/2009 min 3 IP

As we’ve been harping, the starting pitching just isn’t getting the job done, and the numbers pretty much prove that. Inspite of their last outings, CC and A.J. aren’t the problem — it’s everyone else. They need two other quality starters, with Pettitte bringing up the rear of the rotation. Either Chamberlain and Wang need to improve substantially very quickly, or they need to move Hughes back in to the rotation. That’s something that can not wait much longer.

Even though the bullpen’s numbers aren’t all that good, the only real problem there is Bruney. You have to believe that Coke and Robertson will settle back down after their last rocky outings. But like with Joba and Wang, something needs to happen quickly with Bruney. If he doesn’t improve soon, Cashman better have a deal lined up to get another good reliever. Particularly with the problems that the starting rotation is having.

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