Offense Invents New Ways Not To Score

June 19, 2011 – 3:14 pm

NYY 4, Cubbies 3.

  • Looks like we’re back to relying on the pitching to win games as the offense is definitely back to struggling. The pitching is on a pretty amazing run — eight straight games giving up four or fewer runs. The Yankees are 6-2 over that stretch, but with any kind of offense at all it would have been 8-0. Anyway, this time it was A.J. Burnett holding the Cubs to just two runs on four hits, although his lack of control ran his pitch count up and so he only made it through 5.1 innings. But the bullpen picked it up nicely from there, with Cory Wade putting in his third straight no-run no-hit relief appearance since joining the Yankees. So far he’s been a very nice find.
  • How in the hell do you only score four runs on a combined 21 hits and walks? Particularly when you actually do a pretty good job hitting with RISP (4-for-13, .308 BA). So far this year the Yankees have had that many hits/walks on four occasions, and in the other three they scored in double digits. Certainly base running blunders were a part of it — A-Rod getting thrown out at second on a single to left field was one of the most bizarre base running plays the Yankees have had all year (which is saying a lot given some of Jorge Posada’s misadventures). And of course Brett Gardner continues to struggle on the base paths, getting picked off yet again.

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