Six Point Eight Redux (NY Edition)

As Paul has noted below, 6.8 percent of the season is in the bank, and the Yanks are at .500, just as they were last year after 12 games. This year’s squad has arrived at that record in far different fashion, however. Take a peek:

2007 Yanks
Runs scored: 74
Runs allowed: 55

2008 Yanks
Runs scored: 38
Runs allowed: 44

Thanks to Alex Rodriguez’s monster start, the 07 Yanks began last season on an offensive tear. This year Alex has been merely very good, and with injuries and various underperformances, the offense has struggled at barely a 3-run-per-game clip. The Yanks have a negative 6-run scoring differential, which makes it all the more impressive that they’re at .500. For that, credit goes to the pitching, which has been terrific, both from the starters and the relief corps. Throw out the one 13-run debacle and they’re keeping opponents to just about 3 runs per game. (Hence that .500 record.) Neither of these averages, runs allowed or runs scored, is likely to continue, but the signs have to be encouraging, as the offense is surely going to do better down the road. (Right???)

Thus far, we have to give Joe G. a good deal of credit for some fairly progressive thinking in terms of lineups and strategy, and for keeping the team on an even keel despite injuries and some difficult moments (sending down Shelley Duncan could not have been fun.) Dave Eiland’s emphasis on pitching inside appears to have had some impact, at least based on the small sample we’ve seen.

Yanks haven’t seen to many easy pitchers thus far, and they won’t tonight when they face Dice-K. Looks to me like the quality of pitching is improved this year, in general. We’ll see.

PS: Ken Singleton and David Cone alone together in the booth is a winning battery.

7 comments… add one
  • Thinking again, I might have retitled this post, “How the Other Half Lives.” Hoping your rotation of oldsters and newbies is good enough to hold the opposition just below what your anemic offense can produce….These Yanks look a lot like the Pirates.

    YF April 13, 2008, 11:01 am
  • It’s amazing comparing the first 12 games of this season with 2007. I’m shocked to see that the Yankees have scored half the runs they did last year, and are still at the same record.
    And you’re right YF, it’s strange having ballclubs similar to the Pirates! The Sox offense hasn’t exactly been overpowering either.

    Atheose April 13, 2008, 11:40 am
  • Atheose April 13, 2008, 11:41 am
  • I can’t recall an odder start to the season, even more than last year, for NYY. Like everyone, I’m sure, your pitching thus far has been much better than I expected and your offense has been as strangely inconsistent as Boston’s. The schedules won’t help either team right the ship any time soon, either.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 13, 2008, 12:18 pm
  • Side anecdote on Cone:
    Watching the pregame on YES, his cohorts were hogging the mike early in the broadcast. I was amused/amazed by Cone during this long silence. He sat like a marble statue, not adjusting his grip on the mike, not blinking, not nodding his head in agreement, not moving an inch, not even apparently blinking, looking coldly at the camera… Finally, they remembered he was there, and he instantly became animated (and more informative that Singleton/Kay or whoever those two are).
    It was a truly impressive display of immobility by Cone.

    Hudson April 13, 2008, 4:12 pm
  • (Note: This was before Friday’s game, not yesterday’s.)

    Hudson April 13, 2008, 4:14 pm
  • is it time to revisit the ensberg move yet?
    my main contentions are…..
    a) 29 year old shelley (11 for 22 with 3 HR’s and 5 Doubles @ Scranton) is not being given a fair chance due to morgans contract. meanwhile morgan sits on the DL.
    b) gardner is hitting .344 with 3 triples and 21 total bases on 11 hits. meanwhile wilson betemit is pinch running late in close games.
    c) “lefty mashing” morgan has exactly 0 extra base hits and 1 single facing a LHP. i know, i know, he only has 8 AB’s and is gonna start mashing real soon but…..
    i know that it was pretty much unanimous among yf’s that the choice to keep ensberg was the right one. has anyone changed their opinions?

    sf rod April 14, 2008, 5:07 pm

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