There are some things a man just knows. Old people (37 years and beyond) can’t play baseball, can’t hit for average, and can’t rank in the top ten in any offensive category (except maybe strike-outs). There is an inverse relationship between the amount of tattoos on a pitcher’s throwing arm and his ERA. Hitting with RISP is an important and useful statistic. And finally, the Mayan end-of-times prophecies are upon us.
So it is with the aforementioned in mind that I make the following, completely random, observations:
- Derek Jeter is awesome. At age 37, his .336 batting average ranks sixth in Major League Baseball and his 71 hits (as of the time of this writing) ranks second. That young-stud Robinson Cano meanwhile is batting a respectable .286 but ranks 44 spots behind Grandpa Jeter at 50th in the majors.
- Phil Hughes has improved to putrid. His 2.05 HR/9 is the absolute worst in baseball. Take heart though, his 5.64 ERA is only the ninth-worst in the majors.
- C.C. Sabathia has the second-lowest ERA (3.66) of any pitcher on the Yankee payroll. He is surpassed only by ….. A.J. Burnett! (His ERA is 3.60 – didn’t see that one coming, did ya?).
- The Yankees’ 76 homeruns ties them with the Rangers (who pretty much dominate every other positive offensive category) for first in baseball. Curtis Granderson’s 16 homeruns (at the time of this writing) rank him 5th in baseball. The Yankees rank 9th in hits (454) and 8th in Runs Scored (232). Overall, the Yankees have the sixth –best team batting average.
- Professional-check-writer-turned-motivational-speaker Brian Cashman teamed with skipper Joe Girardi to “re-educate” the Yankees on May 23rd following their sixth loss in eight games. Alex Rodriguez responded by hitting two homeruns in the following game, his first since May 6th, and equaling his total in his previous 108 At-bats. Unfortunately, he has declined in every other category since “the talk”. His slash numbers over his previous seven games are .250/.321/.375, down from his year-to-date numbers of .280/.366/.434.
- Bonus Observation – at no additional cost! The Yankees went 14-14 in May, have averaged 15.44 men left on base in May (ranking them 28th in MLB), have a team ERA of 4.13 (18th in MLB), rank second in home runs allowed (65) and thus have fulfilled two of the Mayan doomsday predictions. Not only has the Earth not exploded, but the Bombers are third in the AL East, 1.5 games behind the division leading Rays. In any other division, except the NL East (where three teams have 29 wins and none of them are the Phillies), the Yankees would be in second place.
- Double Bonus Observation – I also learned that for a catcher, throwing balls back to the pitcher is a “privilege”!