Baseball update

The season so far has not been kind to the New York Yankees:

Team W L PCT GB
Boston 31 19 .620
Tampa Bay 27 20 .574 2.5
Baltimore 24 22 .522 5.0
Toronto 24 25 .490 6.5
NY Yankees 22 25 .468 7.5

It hasn’t been a case that other teams have performed better than expected. Tampa Bay aside, it has been a fairly predictable season so far. The Yankees are just simply not punching their weight. A lot has been said about their lack-lustre starting pitching and I will say more about that later in the week.
However, it needs also to be noted that their batting isn’t living upto its vaunted reputation. We noted before the season began that injuries to seasoned pros like Jorge Posada would have to be expected. Leaving those injuries also to one-side, we note that six of the fourteen offensive players that they have used in May are batting below .200.

New York Yankees – Batting – Month – May (Below .200 BA)

Name                  AB  R  H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SO SH SF SB    BA   SLG  

Duncan, Shelley 31 2 6 3 1 0 0 1 8 0 1 0 .194 .226
Cabrera, Melky 66 1 12 7 3 0 1 4 7 0 0 0 .182 .273
Moeller, Chad 22 1 4 2 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 .182 .182
Ensberg, Morgan 29 2 5 1 0 0 0 4 9 0 0 1 .172 .172
Molina, Jose 36 3 6 1 2 0 0 2 9 2 1 0 .167 .222
Gonzalez, Alberto 19 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 .158 .158
 
Of these only Cabrera would normally be considered a regular but two or three of these guys are having 
to be used in some combination every day of the week and it is quite simple to see that elevated from
the bench they are not hitting well. Ensberg and Moeller have settled into the kind of form, with the bat,
that has been the hallmark of their careers. Alberto Gonzalez was doing well until hastily sent back to
Scranton and then recalled and then thrust into an uncertain role with the A-Rod injury. Duncan was a
useful bat last season whilst he had power but this season he has no power, no nothing.
As Alex Rodriguez returns, it is obviously time to shake up the bench. Injuries are going to occur through
out the year with the battery and infield looking most vulnerable. There is not enough to rely upon here on
current form.

2 thoughts on “Baseball update

  1. Neat tables of software and some nice thoughts. But I don’t see where you’re going to get the strength in depth they need looking at the current situation in the minors

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