Offense MIA Yet Again

June 17, 2010 – 11:04 pm

Philadelphia 7, NYY 1. For the second night in a row the Yankee offense was MIA, and so what started out two days ago looking like a fairly easy series win ended up in a series loss. How do you score six runs on a team’s ace and one of the best pitchers in the game, and then score only four runs over the next two games? But that’s the story of the Yankee offense of late — it’s either feast or famine. So far in June, they averaged a hefty 7.3 runs per game, but in 9 of 15 games they’ve scored four runs or less, and in 6 games they’ve scored three runs or less. Given that a “quality” start is the equivalent of 4.5 runs in a game, that means that in 9 of the those 15 games the offense has put the burden of winning on the pitching staff. The Yankees actually have gone 10-5 over that period, so clearly the pitching staff has been more than up to the task. But at some point the offense needs to start being more consistent and contributing their fair share.

Andy Pettitte had yet another excellent outing, giving up only two earned runs over seven innings. Of course the bullpen pretty much ruined any chances they had of a ninth inning rally, but the reality was that the offense was not going to score anyway. And the bullpen has sparkled of late, so I’m going to cut them some slack here. This one is on the offense. And now we’ve got the red hot Mets, who are 14-2 so far this month, coming to town. Time for the offense to start showing up on a regular basis.

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