Thursday, May 29, 2014

New York Yankees: Off-day ramblings

The New York Yankees completed a nine-game road trip Wednesday night, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4, behind a make-shift lineup. The Yanks won five of the nine games and will enjoy a day off today before hosting a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins.

Some rambling thoughts/questions:
  • The pitching as a whole has been solid over the month of May – 3.55 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and .261 BAA
  • The offense on the other hand has been dismal in May - .251/.313/.377; .690 OPS ranks 20th among all MLB teams
  • The Yankees were not well-prepared to weather issues they must have known were coming for Mark Teixeira – already 6 different players have spent time at first base at some point this season.
  • Will the Yankees be forced to look at Kendrys Morales if Teixeira continues to need frequent rest, or worse if this wrist issue is more than the Yankees are making it out to be?
  • The Yanks have still rate a negative seven on the run differential scale – Pythagorean W/L is 25-27
  • They’ve been outscored by 18 runs at Yankee Stadium, but have a scored 11 more runs than their opponents on the road.
  • The Yankees have just three inter-league contests left on the schedule (July 18-20 vs. Cincinnati Reds at home).
  • They are 10-7 in inter-league play this season.
  • I think Joe Girardi has done a decent job resting Derek Jeter. I expect more days to be mixed in as the team will have just two off days from now until the All-Star Break.
  • David Phelps, Vidal Nuno and Chase Whitley getting this many starts was not on the agenda. Can the rotation continue to hold tight until CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda return?
  • The Yankees should keep John Ryan Murphy up for the rest of the season in my opinion. Find a spot somewhere for Francisco Cervelli. Murphy has proven capable of handling the backup duties. Maybe someone needs Cervelli and the Yanks can deal him? Problem is everyone will want Murphy...
  • Peter O’Brien continues to rake in the minors. He’s hit 19 homers this season between Tampa and Trenton. The power is great, but he’s only notched six walks in 194 plate appearances and has struck out 45 times. Those ratios will need to improve over time.
  • Former Yankee Phil Hughes will get the call for the Twins in Sunday's game. Hughes is 5-1 with a 3.23 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 5.6 K/BB ratio this season.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer/editor and the Director of Content Strategy for Sportsideo.