(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod. Stats have not been updated to include last night’s game. Not that that would make them much better)
The “the offense sucks” narrative is no longer the big news it was when the turn started in late May. It’s no surprise anymore that the Yankees can’t score runs, don’t hit for power, and generally boast some of the weakest 7-9 spots in the batting order in all of baseball, NL included. But if you’re looking for a better explanation as to why they’ve failed to score a run or 2 when they really need it time and time again this year, look no further than the former heart of the order.
Breaking season-long production down by batting order position, the Yankees’ biggest strength has been the top 3 spots. A combination of Brett Gardner‘s May and June, Ichiro’s hot streaks, and Robinson Cano‘s existence has the top 3 spots in the batting order holding .805, .739, and .810 OPS values on the season. …