AL East - 1st full week - 9 games in, as of April 11th, 2011
Clubs Find Different Ways to Win
5-4 Blue Jays - Hitting & Pitching, ERA 2.63
6-3 Orioles - Living on Pitching, Dying at the plate: Hitting .216 but holding opponents to .216
5-4 Yankees - Slugging .471 hides >> Hitting .236, which can't beat >> ERA 4.84
2-7 Red Sox - Digging out but men LOB, Pitching better as ERA drops to 6.24 from 9+
1-8 Rays - Hitting .163, opponents .271, scoring 2.7 runs less / game
NY Yankee Trends : Slow starters at the plate can't overcome awful pitching:
- Mark Teixeira carried the club early as everyone else slumped, but now slugging percent disguises recent drought like Jorge Posada who had HRs early, now 0 for 17. Lucky to have new bats Russell Martin, Eric Chavez. Robinson Cano (thanks to Fenway) and Alex Rodriguez are the only regulars on track.
After 9 games, little traction at the plate:
Nick Swisher 219
Derek Jeter 206
Mark Teixeira 182
Curtis Granderson 172
Brett Gardner 167
Jorge Posada 138
- Especially hurts at the top of the order, low OBP in front of a sackful of homers. 3rd best slugging % in AL (behind White Sox and the unconscious Texas Rangers), but 8th in batting average, 12th in ERA. 18 HRs, tied with Texas.
A Few questions?
Who would have bet A.J. Burnett would be 2-0? A lucky 2-0.
Why is Boone Logan used as a "stopper against lefties" when he doesn't stop lefties?
How about a leadoff hitter who hits for average instead of speed that's never on base?
When is Derek Jeter going to snap out of it at the plate and get back to being a #2 hitter?
With the Orioles and Texas coming up, the only bright spot is they'll play at the Stadium, while the Sox play the Rays, Jays and then head West for the A's and surging Angels.