September 01, 2005
After watching the Yankees lose today, and, by the way, losing another game in the standings to the Red Sox, I decided to look at something that's been on my mind: Just what is the difference for New York in terms of playing at home and on the road?
First, the big item: The Yankees (to date) play .647 ball in the Bronx - but, they only play .477 ball on the road. That difference is large - it's 170 points. Why is this?
The second item: The Yankees (to date) score 6.07 runs/game at home - but, they score 4.78 runs/game in away games. That's a difference of 21% less runs/game when they're not in the Bronx.
The third item: The numbers say it all - see below.
The only Yankees who hit better on the road than at home are Cano and Flaherty. Further, while A-Rod, Giambi, and Sheffield bat fine on the road, they're much better hitters at Yankee Stadium.
But, the center of this road batting problem falls on two players: Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui. They bat in two key spots of the Yankee line-up - and, they have been weak performers with the bat (so far this year) when the Yankees are on the road. On the flip side, Jeter and Matsui are great hitters this year in Yankees Stadium.
Lastly, Tino Martinez also is much less effective on the road than at home - but, he's not expected to carry the team with his bat.
I wish I could tell you what's wrong with Jeter and Matsui when they are batting on the road. But, all I can tell you is that they are the heart of the Yankees problem when it comes to scoring runs on the road. Until they turn it around, expect more losses on road trips (like the one today).
Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 1, 2005 10:09 PM
There's precious little time to turn it around in 2005.
And Jeter kills many rallies these days, home and away.
Posted by: Don at September 2, 2005 01:20 AM
I still have faith that the Yankees will win the AL East. These minor hitting funks have to be eliminated.
Can the Yanks reasonably sweep Oakland and have a 5/7 road trip? I believe so.
Happy Labor Day Weekend, everyone.
Posted by: Jason O. at September 2, 2005 11:08 AM
The AL East is nearly out of reach now. IMO.
Posted by: Don at September 2, 2005 06:15 PM