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No Pitching or Defense in New York

   by ASA - 04/26/2007

It’s an age old adage that pitching and defense wins championships in baseball, not offense. The Yankees should know that by now but it’s quite obvious by their poor start that they haven’t figured that out yet. It’s not often you see the Yankees last in the division but that’s just where they sit after losing six straight games. What has caused this early season freefall for the Bronx Bombers? Poor pitching and poor defense! The Yankee starters have an ERA of 4.76, which is 25th in the entire league, and they are tied for second to last with San Francisco for the fewest strikeouts with 96.

All the blame can’t fall on the pitchers shoulders though as the defense behind them has been just as bad. New York has 16 errors this year, good for 26th in the league, with six of those huge “bootsâ€쳌 coming from the left side of the infield (yes, you were thinking A-Rod) thanks to Derek Jeter. If we look at the clubs that have worse team ERAs than the Yankees we find that Washington (6-14), Florida (9-11), Texas (8-11), Seattle (6-9) and Tampa Bay (9-11) all have losing records. Of the five teams that have more errors than New York only two, Cleveland and the L.A. Dodgers, have records above .500.

If we break down the Yankee offense we find some interesting numbers within those team statistics. Overall, New York is second in Major League Baseball with a team batting average of .291, second in RBI’s with 116 and first in home runs with 27. Those are some impressive team numbers to say the least but what happens if we take the red hot Alex Rodriguez and his .385 batting average, 34 RBIs and 14 HRs out of the lineup. New York becomes just another team in the league with a .268 team batting average which would rank them 10th overall. They would drop to 17th in the league in RBI’s and 22nd in home runs.

So until the Yankees get some solid outings from their starting pitchers, the defense tightens up and someone besides A-Rod starts to hit, we’ll stay away from wagering on New York and we recommend you do the same.

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