Offense Quickly Back To MIA

May 21, 2011 – 10:05 am

New York Mets 2, NYY 1. And so the resurgence of the Yankee offense lasted all of 24 hours. Going up against a pitcher with a 5.08 ERA and .303 BAA, it looked to be a great opportunity to put a bunch of runs on the board for the second game in a row and extend the winning streak to a season high four. But instead what we got was the same old wimpy offense that we’ve seen all season. So we’re back to 3-7 over the last 10 games, and guess who just passed us in the AL East? Talk about two teams headed in opposite directions.

The Yankee offense could manage only one run on four hits off R.A. Dickey, and went 9-up-9-down against the Mets bullpen, including five strike outs and only one ball out of the infield. For the night, they were 1-for-10 with RISP, an all too familiar stat. And it looks like Nick Swisher’s big game against the Orioles was nothing more than a tease, as he quickly returned to his slump with a hat trick, with two of the K’s coming with RISP. Meet the new Swish, same as the old Swish.  And Derek Jeter’s hot streak has now officially cooled off, as he’s back to hitting below .200 over the last ten games (.191 to be precise).

Lost in it all was another good start from the rotation, with Freddy Garcia going seven innings and giving up just two runs. That’s a quality start by any definition, but these days a great start is hardly a guarantee of much of anything. So far this year Yankee starters have gone six plus innings and given up two or fewer runs 15 times, but only ended up winning 10 of those. That’s five W’s that likely will be sorely missed come October.

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