Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Yanks' Offensive Problem Has Yet To Materialize

Have you taken a look at the team stats over at MLB.com? In case you haven't, let me give you a breakdown of how the New York Yankees, as a team, have fared offensively in this young season:

Batting Average: .281, 6th in MLB

Home Runs: 15, tied for 1st in MLB

RBI: 46, tied for 2nd in MLB

Runs Scored: 49, tied for 2nd in MLB

(Stats reflect games through April 9, 2013)

The problem was supposed to be the offense, right? Well, so far, that "problem" has yet to materialize. Most of this success can be attributed to a trio of aging veterans plucked from the scrap heap: Kevin Youkilis, Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner. They have hit virtually from game 1, and a few games ago, Robinson Cano finally joined the party.

What will happen if Youkilis, Wells and Hafner are still pouring it on when Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter return? One of them might have to say goodbye, but I suppose the Yankees will have one of the most potent benches in Major League Baseball.

So the offense is clicking. Now all that needs to happen is the pitching. Andy Pettitte has paved the way. CC  Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda have followed. It's time for the others to get on the trail.  Hughes, Nova  and Phelps: are you listening?

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coolnewyorker said...

The magic of pinstripes. Only Yanks fans and Yanks haters are aware and believers of such inexplicable drama of playing in pinstripes.

Some otherwise quality players disappear in it(AJ Burnett, Ken Rogers, Javier Vasquez, Ian Kennedy, even A-Rod in clutch situations).

In contrast, some can excel ONLY in pinstripes. They languish or rather retire(than wear other jersey)once unpinstriped(Tino Martinez, Scott Brosius, Paul O'Neill...

Evidently, these current "aged" and understudy yanks belong to the the ilk of Tino, Scott and Paul.

But it's still only 9 games into this very young season. It is nice, nonetheless to be sitting on top, albeit ironically together with the Red Sox.

Sam said...

I agree with you Hughes, Nova and Phelps should kick some butt and prove something.