New York Yankees By The Numbers
By Rich Bauer
There is a saying in the business world, “the proof is in the numbers”.
The Bombers (15-9) have shown early this season that they can win games in multiple ways with strong pitching, plenty of power, and by coming from behind late in games. Offensively they lead the American League in Home Runs (37), RBIs (118), Runs (128), OBP (.349) and OPS (.804).
Their pitching leads the American League in WHIP (1.16), is second in both ERA (3.35) and Batting Average Against (.225).
Great stats no doubt but let me remind you that there are five months left in the season. Do I believe the Yanks can keep up this pace? I say it’s tough but doable because of the addition of Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez (soon) back into the lineup after barely playing in April. And as a big supporter of Greg Bird, I believe he will heat up shortly. It will most certainly help if the veterans can stay away from any nagging injuries, unlike our crosstown rivals, the Mets.
Add in man-child Aaron Judge’s record breaking power numbers in April which, projected out over an entire season, would total 60 homers and 120 RBIs. How awesome would that be! Eat your hearts out Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire.
Will Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tananka flirt with 20 wins? Can CC Sabathia and Luis Severino pitch to under a 4.00 ERA? Can the bullpen be lights out in late innings? Can the pitching staff keep up with the offense?
I say no, my money is on the offense carrying the team and I expect to see inconsistent pitching from our starters and middle relief.
The most important number to date is 15 wins and if you project out 15 wins per month that puts the Yanks at 90 wins for the season. I have always believed heart and determination drive numbers. Stay tuned to your laptops, your internet radios and your blogs to see if this year’s New York Yankees can replicate April numbers over the next five months.
photos: cbssports.com (Sabathia); newyork.cbslocal.com (Gregorious)