Over the first three months of the season, much has been made of the Yankees inability to score runs – and for good cause. As of today, the Yankees rank 23rd in the Majors in runs scored, and 28th in wRC+ (ahead of only the White Sox and Marlins). Yankees clean-up hitters are batting a combined .210/.288/.344, with 11 HR … which is roughly 37% worse than Major League average (by sOPS+). On a whim, and with the help of our own Jason Rosenberg, I sought to visualize this futility, and share it with the masses in an easily digestible format – broken down by position and using OPS as the statistical hammer. Without further ado:
Or, viewed through a more tactile lens:
In short – or, at length, as it is difficult to be much shorter than an image (particularly with one as verbose as myself) – center-field is the only position that hasn’t seen a rather dramatic drop-off in production. To many, this represents something portending optimism – the team is above .500, in the thick of a playoff race (insofar as the race exists in July), and help is just around the corner. For others, this is eye-rollingly maddening, and it is difficult to expect Messrs Jeter, Granderson, and (dare I say) Rodriguez to return from injury and turn things around on a dime (particularly on the heels of an abominable all-around month).
To me, this is the natural course of events when the team’s four highest paid position players miss (at the very least) the majority of the season, on the heels of an off-season that saw Messrs Martin and Swisher leave for improbably greener pastures. And I am not sure that there is blame to dole out, be it fairly or unfairly … what I do know, however, is that it will take more than some duct tape and spray paint to get this offense in working condition.