Since being swept by Boston in a series taking place on June 9-11, the Yankees have played 10 games. Out of those 10 games they have only won 4 games, and 1 of them was a freebie in which Luis Castillo dropped a pop up to blow the game for the Mets. 4 out of 10 might be good as far as batting average goes but it is not a good rate for a ball club to win games at. So basically the Yankees have earned 3 wins (the win in the game where Luis Castillo dropped the ball was not earned in my opinion) in their last 13 games, including the Boston series. So, what is actually wrong with the Yankees?
Nope. The Yankees problem is not their pitching. Over the course of the 13 aforementioned games, the Yankees pitchers hold a 3.89 ERA. So pitching is not to blame.
Maybe. Over those 13 games the Yankees have made 7 errors. During the Boston series, the Yankees had an error in every game. However since then they have improved, in the Nationals and Marlins series combined the Yankees only made 1 error. So I think the defense hurt the Yankees in the Boston series, but hasn’t been as costly since.
Bingo, we have found the problem. Over those 13 games the Yankees are averaging 4 runs a game, but those numbers are a little skewed considering the 15 run outburst against Johan Santana and the Mets, so the real average should be even lower. Over those 13 games the Yankees are hitting .240 with a .326 OBP, and they are hitting .238 with runners in scoring position (.194 if you don’t count the 15 run game.) Previous to these 13 games the Yankees were averaging 5.7 runs a game, and they were hitting .277 with a .356 OBP. With runners in scoring position the Yankees were hitting .266. So we have found the problem with the Yankees, and although this problem was fairly obvious, at least we have some numbers to back it up.
Unfortunately, I have no solution. The only thing I can think of is to shake up the lineup. Here’s my suggestion:
CF Brett Gardner
LF Johnny Damon
RF Nick Swisher
3B Alex Rodriguez
1B Mark Teixeira
SS Derek Jeter
2B Robinson Cano
C Francisco Cervelli/Jorge Posada
Pitcher (Insert name here) Joba is pitching tonight
I know the lineup is a bit strange and will probably never happen considering I put Jeter in the 6 hole. I mean no offense to any player that I may have moved down in the order, I just feel that this lineup would really mix things up and could actually be effective. While I don’t see that lineup ever happening, I do hope to see some shakeups. Please Joe Girardi, shake up the lineup. By the way, feel free to comment on your suggestions which could mean lineup suggestions if you wish.
Also, I would like to wish Phil Hughes a happy 23rd birthday! They grow up so fast, okay maybe they don’t considering he is only 23. You have a bright future young kid, we still see you as a number 1-3 starter.