Quick hit: Don’t Panic

So we’re two games into the 2014 season, the Yankees are 0-2 and some people seem to be panicking.

Here’s part of the reason why:

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As you can see, there’s not a lot of hitting going on (13 overall) and there’s definitely not a lot of hitting for extra bases.

Now, here’s the Astros’ hit chart:

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If you count all of the dots, you’ll notice something interesting: The Astros have the same amount of hits as the Yankees it’s just that they’ve hit more for extra bases.

What does this all mean?

Nothing. There are 160 games left in the season and it’s too soon to declare that this team is just like the 2013 squad.

You have to take the following things into consideration:

  • Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira are coming off injury-riddled seasons and in both cases, they had surgery to repair those injuries. They’re going to have slow starts.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury is hitless but he was also nursing a calf injury during training camp so he’s still in extended Spring mode.
  • Alfonso Soriano, who is 0-8 to start the season is just being Alfonso Soriano. In a couple of months, he’s going to have a two week stretch when all he does is hit home runs and you’ll forget about this rough start.
  • This is a team full of new players. They’re not going to get things going right away and you all should know better by now. And it’s April 3 so it’s way too early to panic.

Happy Thursday!

[Charts courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info]

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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  1. […] If you count all of the dots, you’ll notice something interesting: The Astros have the same amount of hits as the Yankees it’s just that they’ve hit more for extra bases. Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and is a co-host of the It's About The Yankees, Stupid podcast. When she's not blogging about baseball, she's blogging about basketball and when she's not doing either of those things, she's tweeting. Read full article […]

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