There may be a few more games left, but the 2011 season for the New York Yankees is over, and it has been a stunning, unexpected success. While it is not the topic of this post, it warrants re-mentioning here: The 2011 Yankees have exceeded all expectations. The Yankees were not meant to win their division, let alone the American League. Now, they are legitimate contender to win the World Series. This is a uniquely satisfying season.
With the playoffs looming, TYA will begin exploring the Yankees’ season, and laying expectations for October. This post examines the team’s offense. All the data are from Fangraphs, and exclude the games played on Sunday.
Simply put, the Yankees have an excellent offense. They’ve had either the best or second-best run output in baseball all season long, occasionally trailing the Red Sox. Far, far more importantly, the team has had a stranglehold on the best run-differential in all of baseball.… Click here to read the rest