Yanks vs. Sox: Tale o’ the Tape

On the eve of their first meeting of the season, the Yanks and Sox have each played 14 games. The Sox are 9-5, the Yanks right behind at 8-6. The big story in Boston: the arrival of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who appears to be the real deal despite a lack of run support and (at present) a losing record. Also of note: the terrific starting pitching thus far, Papelbon’s return to the pen, the anemic offense, and Curt Schilling’s blogging. In NY, the big story is, of course, Alex Rodriguez (OMG HE IS SOOOOO HOT). Also, the injury woes of the starting staff, Derek’s fielding issues, the bullpen’s brilliance despite Mo’s freak blown save, and the team’s general offensive excellence. Basically, the Sox have been all about pitching, and the Yanks have been all about hitting (especially by Alex). A head-to-head breakdown of the stats is after the jump.

* Indicates AL leader

Runs
NY: 91*
BOS: 68

HR
NY 20*t
BOS12

BA
NY: .283*
BOS: .249

OBP
NY: .356*
BOS: .331

SLG
NY: .442
BOS: .395

OPS
NY: .798*
BOS: .726

SB
NY: 10
BOS: 4

Errors
NY: 15
BOS: 8

Runs Allowed
NY: 63
BOS: 36*

Earned Runs
NY: 48
BOS: 32*

ERA
NY: 3.57
BOS: 2.55*

Starter ERA
NY: 4.68
BOS: 2.44

Reliever ERA
NY: 2.26*
BOS: 2.81

K
NY: 68
BOS: 97

BB
NY: 47
BOS: 34*

BAA
NY: .223
BOS: .200 *

Hits Allowed
NY: 101
BOS: 83*

HR Allowed
NY: 10
BOS: 6*

WHIP
NY: 1.25
BOS: 1.06*

Wins By Overpriced Japanese Import
NY: 1
BOS: 1

Combined Record of Opposition
NY: 38-34
BOS: 29-41

† Note: Due to ESPN’s faulty system (where have you heard that before?), some of these stats appear to be missing the results of today’s games. Apologies.

21 comments… add one
  • What team leads the team slugging category, YF? I would have assumed the Yanks. But no asterisk by that one, and I assumed the Sox led the majors in K’s.

    Nick-YF April 19, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Toronto and Tampa are ahead of the Yanks in slugging.
    Baltimore, Los Angeles, and KC (Yes, KC) lead Boston in ks.

    YF April 19, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • I’m not sure about the other stats, but I know the Runs Scored and Allowed don’t include today’s games. (…which is OK, I just thought I’d point that out.)

    mattymatty April 19, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • I didn’t realize that MM. I’ll try to find time to update.

    YF April 19, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Combined Record of Opposition
    NY: 38-34
    BOS: 29-41
    Certainly very interesting…and not insignificant.

    Andrew April 19, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • And also, wow:
    Runs Allowed
    NY: 63
    Earned Runs
    NY: 48
    That’s a couple of wins difference right there. Jeez, is it really 15 (or 16?) unearned runs in 14 games?

    Andrew April 19, 2007, 11:56 pm
  • “Combined Record of Opposition
    NY: 38-34
    BOS: 29-41
    Certainly very interesting…and not insignificant.”
    Totally. I knew the Sox were humiliating these teams, but who’d have thunk they were demoralizing them enough to cause a two weeks tailspin. Talk about getting into the other team’s head.

    Tyrel SF April 20, 2007, 12:19 am
  • …Man, just saw a replay of A-Rod’s walkoff…the Stadium was really emptied out. Do YF’s always leave early when the game’s not going their way early or what?
    Heh…

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 12:36 am
  • d1 – I was here, and you know I would’ve stayed! =)
    I remember someone saying that the Sox have the best run-differential – it seems like the Yanks aren’t that far behind!
    Despite all the tales of the death of Yanks pitching, they’re not that bad – 3.5 ERA, 1.25 WHIP. Of course, that’s if they can play defense, and like, not give up those unearned runs.. but if this season is like any other, that’s pretty good, isn’t it? I’m too lazy to look up comparison/ranks against other teams..
    But if we can keep up the hitting, the defense will probably come around (does anyone expect Jeter’s woes to continue? at this pace?) And it can only get better with Wang and other starters coming back!
    It’s surely a great time to be positive!
    Of course, ARod will be coming down to earth, well, earth for ARod anyhow, and while Jeter is hitting a quiet 3something, it would be amazing if they can keep this up the entire season, especially with Matsui back. Wow.

    Lar April 20, 2007, 1:32 am
  • “Despite all the tales of the death of Yanks pitching, they’re not that bad – 3.5 ERA, 1.25 WHIP.”
    No, they’re not; though after today’s game that ERA gets kicked up to 3.67. ;)
    That said…that bullpen’s thrown something like 59.1 innings so far, and we’re two weeks into the season. By point of comparison, Boston’s has thrown 35.2. This may not matter a whole lot this weekend…but it’s not like, even when healthy, NY’s a lock to have a bunch of 200 inning horses.
    Bullpen stats:
    NYY: 2.73 ERA (updated)
    59.1 IP, 34 H, 27 BB, 38 K, 4 HR. 1.03 WHIP, 4.09 BB/9, 1.41 K/BB, 5.76 K/9. .308 OBA
    BOS: 2.52 ERA (updated)
    35.2 IP, 24 H, 12 BB, 29 K, 3 HR. 1.01 WHIP, 3.02 BB/9, 2.42 K/BB, 7.32 K/9. .331 OBA
    Looking at both a little closer, neither one looks like much of a lock to maintain those tiny ERA’s. What stands out to me so far is the fact that NY’s H/9 is a full 1 lower than Boston’s, which accounts for the lower OBA despite their walking more and striking out less. I’m not really sure what to make of this, since I’m pretty sure the sample size is too small to draw many conclusions with regard to hit rates.
    Besides that, the NY pen’s peripherals don’t look particularly strong. The K/9 is OK, but not with that many walks. Comparatively, Boston’s walk rate is solid, especially with a 7+ K/9. (Of course, Papelbon gets most of the credit for that; though Okajima’s been absolutely on fire since that first game and has a 10+ K/9 for himself)
    My point: I don’t really have one, but I am happier with Boston’s peripheral stats to this point then I’d be with NY’s. One could argue that Boston’s pen hasn’t had much chance to suck quite yet, while NY’s having thrown more innings makes their peripherals more indicative of what’s to come. Obviously the counter-argument would be that NY is getting run into the ground, making a downturn more likely to occur then the well-rested Boston bullpen. In any event, one big offensive night from either team this weekend and everything’s a whole lot different; just look at what tonight’s game did for our respective bullpen ERA’s.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 2:56 am
  • The NY bullpen workload is not as dire an issue as it’s made out to be. It’s been spread out pretty well over a big group, and the fragile guys (farns, mo) haven’t been pushed. Mo’s trouble may be that he actually hasn’t pitched enough. The starting staff should be picking up more innings in the coming months.
    As for those peripherals; the Yanks are dragged down by Farns, who’s had some serious problems.

    YF April 20, 2007, 7:18 am
  • What do you know. Boston is beating the crappy team, while the Yanks are beating the decent teams.
    Sounds familiar, huh?
    We’ll see after this weekend what the Sox staff is made of. Me thinks the Yankee offense is more legit than the Sox pitching.
    Meanwhile how demoralizing would it be to lose this series for the Sox? Heck, even if the Yanks get swept (not that I think that’s going to happen), they’ve got Wang going on Tuesday.

    jim - YF April 20, 2007, 9:04 am
  • “As for those peripherals; the Yanks are dragged down by Farns, who’s had some serious problems.”
    Um…then I suppose Vizcaino should be discounted too? And Henn’s .84 ERA; since that’s probably beyond what he’s capable of over an entire season, does that count? C’mon now, you know as well as I do these things work both ways, and I fully acknowledged the small sample size.
    Further, would we agree that Proctor was more or less abused last season? The greatest number of innings he threw all year was 22; he’s on pace to toss 18-19 this April alone. So are both Vizcaino and Bruney, while Henn’s already thrown 10.2. Even Mike Myers, who only threw 30.2 innings all last year and hasn’t thrown more than 40 since 2001; he’s already at 7.2. I don’t think the workload issue has been overblown at all.

    desturbd1 April 20, 2007, 11:39 am
  • April stats are April stats.
    Offense wins games but pitching wins championships.
    ESPN and the other TV weasels can be wowed all they want with A(pril)-rod, but given the CURRENT state of the NYY starting rotation, this is not a team that will win in September, let alone October.
    Of course, this all could change.
    But comparing the current Boston 25 to the NYY 25, I’ll take Boston when September and October roll abound.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 20, 2007, 11:46 am
  • And by current, I do include CMW and Mussina.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 20, 2007, 11:46 am
  • “….but given the CURRENT state of the NYY starting rotation, this is not a team that will win in September, let alone October.”
    Your point is not valid. The current state of the Yankees rotation is due to injuries, not lack of preparedness. Wang and Moose are due back shortly and by shortly I don’t mean November. So sure if the playoffs started today, we would be in trouble, but as you said it’s only A(pril). If you don’t think Wang, Moose and AP can’t win September and October you are out of your mind. But hey it’s only A(pril) so you think what you want and let’s see how the cards fall.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 20, 2007, 11:55 am
  • To cut to the chase, Trisk, I like the Red Sox rotation better than the NYY. And as much as I like CMW, who had a great year last year and probably will be better this year, I think the Red Sox starters are more suited to win at the end of the season when pitching matters most.
    I’m wary of putting too much reliance on AP come September and October. That’s a big risk given his level of ML experience. (Not to say he won’t, but it’s a big risk to depend on him in that situation.) CMW? Yes, he’ll be there. Moose? I have my doubts. More doubts than I do about the Schiller.
    If your big three in October will be CMW, Moose and AP, I like my big three of the Schiller, Beck and Dice-K much better.
    Again, with these team it’s fair to expect the unexpected. We know there probably will be a body or two who is not part of the equation in any form right now.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 20, 2007, 12:19 pm
  • Now, the best offense right now?
    You know the answer to that.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 20, 2007, 12:21 pm
  • But hey it’s only A(pril) so you think what you want and let’s see how the cards fall.
    Trisk, We’re not allowed to talk about a House of Cards here.

    john April 20, 2007, 1:11 pm
  • And I just realized a huge brain fart.
    I’m trying to do this from work, lots of things on my mind.
    AP is Andy Pettitte, not some rookie.
    My mistake.
    ….
    Wrong, John. You’re more than welcome to talk about the Yankees pitching rotation.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 20, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • I love Dice, but it’s a long season! =) I’ve said this all along, but I think we’ll see how good he is when he has to make adjustments – when people faced him a little more. I think he’ll be great, eventually, but the timing I hope ends in the Yanks’ favor! =)
    While I’m at it, when is old age going to finally catch up to Schill? Grumbles.
    Personally, I think it’s a toss up. Not for this weekend, but for a 7 game series. It’s kind of exciting!

    Lar April 20, 2007, 3:23 pm

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