New York Yankees: Offense Hard To Come By Lately
The New York Yankees‘ offense has been downright offensive lately. Looking from afar, one might not notice that fact because they are nine games over .500 at 37-28 and only three games out of first place, which is nothing to sneeze at. But the Yankees’ offensive numbers are not very pretty to look at.
To start off, the Yankees’ leading hitter might not be the player you would think of, especially with the track records of some of the high-quality veterans on the roster. Before today’s game against the Oakland Athletics, center fielder Brett Gardner is batting .283, which is six points better than the best player on the team – and free-agent-to-be – second baseman Robinson Cano. Cano does lead the team with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs but is a career .307 hitter.
Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, well past his prime, began to significantly decline in production last year. He is batting only .259 and surprisingly only .210 against right-handed pitchers — and because he is a left-handed hitter, should be getting better results. Mark Teixeira, the Yankees’ power-hitting first baseman is a notoriously slow starter. But starting the year on the disabled list with a strained wrist has cut out all the time he usually has to shake off the rust of the offseason, and the Yankees desperately need results from him. The imminent slow start is in effect, and he is batting a solemn .182 with three homers and 12 RBIs.
With stars not producing, the overall team stats are staggering. The Yankees, as a team, have 258 runs scored, which is 11th in the American League and only four more than the pathetic Houston Astros, who have by far the worst record in the league. Not hitting a home run in the past five games seems like an eternity for the Bronx Bombers, who are ninth in the league with 70 home runs. Their worst ranking stats are team batting average at .244, and team RBIs at 240, both ranking 12th in the league. Another astonishing stat is that when the Yankees’ opponents score five runs or more, the Yankees’ record is 2-17.
With all these struggles on offense, credit has to be given to the Yankees’ pitchers with the overall record that the team has. There are still impact players on the DL — Curtis Granderson is the one that can provide the most damage — but the backups have to step up, and sometimes they have. Thanks to a great month of April, the Yankees can tread water for now with their good pitching and occasional timely hitting until their reinforcements come back, reportedly, after the All Star Break.