At The Break

July 9, 2012 – 8:45 pm

So here we are at the All-Star break, and the Yankees incredibly have the best record in the AL along with the largest division lead. And what makes that all the more incredible is that the East is arguably the best of the three divisions. Who would have thunk this is what the East would look like back in April?

The pitching and defense have clearly been the strong points so far, but as anemic as the offense seemed at times, there was always just enough home runs to keep the total offense respectable. Overall the Yankees are 4th in runs scored and also 4th in runs allowed — but in differential between runs scored and runs allowed, they trail only Texas (0.9 vs. 0.8 runs per game).

Going forward, you have to like the Yankees chances. The offense is so well balanced that even if one or two people start to slump, more than likely someone else will pick up the slack. The starting pitching, even with Pettitte out, is still six deep, and even with CC missing his last two starts, the ERA over the last 30 days is 3.12.

The potential issues that I see are the bullpen and possibly the defense. For a period there, the bullpen was lights out, but first hitters started catching up with Cory Wade, and now of late, Boone Logan is getting raked. You wonder who is next to regress to their career means. And then there is the defense. Over the first 69 games, they made just 27 errors — but then all of a sudden things went south, and they made 18 errors in their last 16 games. That’s a difference of 0.4 errors per game to 1.1 per game, more than double. Yeah, small sample sizes and highly selective end points, but still — the defensive ugliness has been something to behold.

Hopefully Boone Logan will get back on track and Eppley, Rapada, et al will continue to dazzle, and I just gotta believe the recent defensive lapses are an exception. All in all, yet another East championship is looking pretty good. But as they say, there’s still a lot of baseball left to be played. Onward!

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