July 02, 2006
It Just Doesn't Add Up
Here are the Runs Scored and OPS team stats for the A.L. during the month of June:
The Yankees batted fairly well during the month of June. Yet, they were nearly the worst team in the league last month in terms of scoring runs.
Guys are hitting for New York. It just seems like they can't do it collectively. Whatever happened to "One team. One mission."?
Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 2, 2006 09:01 AM
I noticed this a lot in individual games. The Yankees would put a ton of men on base but not score many runs.
However, I wouldn't be too worried about this. All through the first half of 2004, the Boston media asked what good is OBA is you leave all the men on base. Eventually, they came around to score.
Posted by: David Pinto at July 2, 2006 10:49 AM
Ready for something truly miserable? AJ Burnett for Toronto today while Jaret Wright goes for the Yanks. If the Yanks lose and Toronto wins (a fairly likely outcome), it'll put the Yanks in 3rd place. I'm not looking forward to all the negativity in New York on Monday morning if that happens...
This is a time when statistics will fail you, follks. Statistics do not hit baseballs, and apparently neither do the Yankees. The team simply isn't scoring runs. 5 is the most since June 21, and that only twice. Lots of scuffle, scuffle scuffle, but no runs. Fancy stats are nice, but wins by lots of runs are nicer!
Posted by: Scott Coulter at July 2, 2006 12:58 PM
Nost teams when faced with this disparity between OBA and actual runs scored would re-jigger the line-up. The Yankees put on hit and run plays with two men on, nobody out, a .450 OBA hitter at the plate, ARod on deck, and one of the least efficient pitchers in terms of throwing strikes in the NL on the mound. Gentlemen of the jury?