Yankees – A tough offense to dominate

Game score is a statistic for starting pitchers. At the start of each game, the starter begins with a score of 50. The number of outs and innings pitched beyond the fourth inning and strikeouts add to the score. Walks, unearned runs, earned runs and hits take away from the score. The average game score for a starting pitcher in the majors in 2012 is 51. If a pitcher compiles a game score of 70 or higher, that pitcher has had a dominant outing. So if an offense has been dominated a lot by starters, there would be a lot of 70 or higher scores. The fewer the 70 or higher starts against an offense, then that is an offense that is hard to dominate.

The Yankees have been the most difficult offense to dominate in baseball this season. There have only been four occasions all season where the Yankees were dominated by a starting pitcher.  Believe it or not, the Royals are second with five. The Tigers have been dominated by a starter on six occasions. What follows is a list of how often teams have been the victim of a 70 or higher games score this season, from least to most. In parentheses next to the total was last year’s total. Just as a point of reference, the 2009 championship team was dominated eleven times by a starting pitcher. Okay, here is the list:

  • Yankees – 4 (14)
  • Royals – 5 (11)
  • Tigers – 6 (13)
  • Indians – 8 (30)   Big improvement!
  • Cardinals – 8 (13)
  • Mets – 8 (12)
  • Blue Jays – 8 (28)  Another big improvement.
  • Phillies – 9 (18)
  • Braves – 10 (18)
  • Red Sox – 10 (12)
  • Rangers – 10 (15)
  • Angels – 11 (33)   Obvious improvement.
  • Giants – 11 (31)  Melky!
  • White Sox – 12 (23)
  • Rays – 12 (31)
  • Cubs – 13 (23)
  • Orioles – 13 (17)
  • Reds – 13 (16)
  • Rockies – 14 (21)
  • Marlins – 14 (19)
  • Diamondbacks – 14 (15)
  • Brewers – 15 (22)
  • Pirates – 15 (24)
  • Nationals – 15 (28)
  • Twins – 16 (26)
  • Dodgers – 17 (24)
  • Padres – 18 (35)
  • Astros – 19 (30)
  • Athletics – 22 (29)
  • Mariners – 23 (34)

A tough offense to dominate is a tough offense to hold down. The statistic highlights just one more area that has given the Yankees the best record in baseball so far. Oh! And the four games that a starting pitcher dominated the Yankee offense?

  • Jake Arrieta (Balt) – May 2, 2012
  • Jeremy Hellickson (TB) – April 8, 2012
  • Yu Darvish (Tex) – April 24, 2012
  • David Price (TB) – July 4, 2012

9 thoughts on “Yankees – A tough offense to dominate

  1. bravo116

    I love stuff like this. Good work.

    • williamjtasker

      Thank you, bravo116.

  2. David

    Just out of curiosity (and, please note, I love the Game Score stat and IMMEDIATELY went to find out what Cain's GS was from his perfect game) — but where does the 70 value come from, as opposed to,say, the arbitrariness of the "quality start" canard?

    I like to know the method behind the madness. ;)

    • williamjtasker

      Ha! David. The number is arbitrary on my part. 50 is average, 100 is like nirvana, so 70 seemed really good to me. For example, the Yankees have had 89 starts from their rotation and only 13 of them have been over 70 in a game score. So that seems like an outstanding start to me.

      • David

        That's fair enough. I was just curious and the reasoning makes sense!

        • williamjtasker

          Actually, by luck, I think I nailed it, David. Of all the 70 or over game scores thrown this season, the ERA combined comes to 0.54 with a record of 287-18 and 8.4 strikeouts per nine. That sounds pretty dominating to me.

  3. ProfRobert

    I agree with bravo116 — a well conceived and executed post! I don't know if you're taking requests, but I'd be curious to see the flip side — how many times does each offense dominate a starting pitcher, say, by hanging him with a score of 30 or lower?

    • Tynamite

      Agreed, would love to see the flip side. Great post!

      • williamjtasker

        Thanks, you two. Okay. I'll work on that for tomorrow.

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