The New York Yankees, following last night’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, have now been held to one run or less nine times this season, the same number of times as the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins. For the third straight game the Yankees managed to score two runs or less. This is now the ninth time within the last twenty games that this has happened. So far this season, the Yankees have scored three runs or less a total of fifteen times. They have won only one of those contests, a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on April 30th giving them a 1-14 record in games where they have scored three runs or less.
That is just putrid. The Yankees currently hold a .266 team batting average and are third in the majors in home runs with 56 and are sixth in the majors with 173 RBI. They are also fourth in the majors in on-base percentage, getting on base at a .340 clip. However, the Yankees have been just disgusting when it comes to hitting with men on base, especially with runners in scoring position. So far in May, the Yankees own a 7-9 record and have gone 3-60 with runners in scoring position in those losses, a .050 batting average. For the season, the Yankees own a .240 average with runners in scoring position, which currently places them 17th in all of baseball.
There is no doubt the Yankees are pressing right now. Nobody is making things happen. It seems every swing the Yankees make right now is an attempt at hitting a home run. Mark Teixeira has been battling a respiratory infection that causes him to have hacking fits and makes it hard for him to breathe. Nick Swisher, who was off to a hot start, saw his great start get interrupted by a hamstring issue that caused him to miss six games. Swisher had his average up to .284 before he got injured. His average since he returned is .190. Swisher was also second in the AL in RBI with 23 before the injury. Now he has only had 2 games, out of the 11 he has played in the month of May, where he has driven in a run for a grand total of 3 RBI this month.
Alex Rodriguez, in the month of May, only has 1 home run and 3 RBI despite hitting .333 for the month. Most of A-Rod’s hits have been singles as he has just 2 extra-base hits this month. In fact, out of his 38 hits this season, only 8 have been extra-base hits and five of those have been homers.
The good news for Yankees fans is that baseball has a way of evening itself out. Somehow, even when things appear to be at their lowest, hitters start hitting again, even with runners in scoring position. If by the middle of July the numbers still look this bad then Yankees fans would have a real reason to worry.