Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Are the New York Yankees any good?

The New York Yankees, marred by injuries have battled their way to a 79-71 record and only 2.5 games out of a Wild Card berth but are they overrated? They only have a .246 team average which definitely raises some eyebrows as they hit .264 last season and have hit only 136 home runs compared to 245 last season. A big weak spot for them have been RHB as they are hitting only .238 compared to .248 as a LHB.

The teams offensive stars have been attacked by injuries as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Curtis Granderson have missed a total of 348 games and Curtis Granderson will be the 1st to appear in his 50th game as he is scheduled to play Center Field and bat leadoff against the Blue Jays.

The Yankees offense isn't the only problem as the pitching has struggled as well. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 4.02 compared to a 3.85 mark the previous season. CC Sabathia who was supposed to be the ace of the Yankees staff has a 4.90 ERA in 31 starts. The ace has actually been Hiroki Kuroda who in 30 starts has a 3.13 ERA in 189.2 innings pitched at the age of 38. The staff has been giving up a lot more hits and is walking more batters. The Yankees pitching staff has a 7.76 ERA in losses but a 2.25 ERA in wins.

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