At Last That Month Is Over

October 4, 2010 – 11:24 am

Boston 8, NYY 4. This was a fitting end to the last month of baseball, losing the final series of the season to your arch rival who has been reduced to mostly AAA substitutes because of injuries and whatnot. The Yankees got terrible starting pitching, poor relief pitching, and lackluster hitting — pretty much a carbon copy of all their games of late. Over the last month of the season, Yankee starters had a combined ERA of 5.89 while the bullpen had a somewhat mediocre 3.77 ERA. Combined, they averaged giving up 5.29 runs per game. Ugly. To put that in perspective, the Kansas City Royals finished the season with the worst R/G average of 5.22. Yes, over the last 30 days, the Yankee pitching was worse than that of the worst team in the AL.

During that same time, the offense averaged 4.75 runs per game, and hit .253 — pretty pedestrian for this lineup, and certainly not enough to overcome the pitching. Add it all up, and the Yankees went 11-17 over the last 30 days. In the nine series they played, they only won two of them. In the “heat of the division title race”, they lost their last three series. All in all, this has to be one of the worst finishes to a season that they have had in a long, long time.

But Wednesday it’s a whole new season, right? Let’s hope so. Box Score | FanGraphs Game Graph | PitchFX Game Tool

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