What’s Up With The Yankees Offense?

Heading into the 2011 season, the part of the Yankees that everyone was questioning was the starting pitching.  However, in the last few weeks, it seems like the that has been the unit that has carried the team recently.

It was a tough April for Brett. (Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri)

Alex Rodriguez, Russell Martin, and Mark Teixeira got off to hot starts, but have cooled recently, Deerk Jeter and Brett Gardner have started to heat up just recently, Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada seemed to never get started, and Curtis Granderson has been the only consistent hitter.

Despite this, however, they rank second in the MLB in OBP and wRC+ and first in homers, wOBA, SLG, and BB%.  Based on this, you would think that runs would be plentiful, but surprisingly this is not so.  During the last few weeks, runs have been hard to come by, but this shouldn’t be the case, right?

(AP Photo)

The ‘Moneyball’ belief is that there is no such thing as ‘clutch hitting.’  The concept says that a hitter has just as good of a chance as getting a hit with no one on than they do with the bases loaded.  This may be true, but if it is, then the Yanks have been very unlucky and hits have just not been coming at the right times.

Last night’s 2-for-16 display with RISP is the epitome of what the offense has been doing and why they can’t score runs.  They had Vin Mazzaro, a pitcher they have hit around in the past, on the ropes, but they couldn’t put him away and blow the game open because they couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities.

This wasted opportunities thing stems from the amount of double plays that the lineup has grounded into.  They are now up to 43 which is good for second in the MLB, including a game where they set a franchise record.

Based on the numbers, you can tell that it isn’t so much that the team isn’t hitting, because they are, but that they aren’t hitting when they have opportunities to score.  We just need to wait this out because every team goes through a stretch like this, we’re just lucky that it’s in May and not in August or September.


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