Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New York Yankees mid-season agita report

The New York Yankees have played 81 games through Monday night's 12th inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The team's inconsistent play, a slew of injuries and under-performing players has placed a dark cloud over them; one which threatens to extend their streak of missing the postseason to two years.

The Yankees stood six games back on June 8. They proceeded to win eight of their next 10 games. Since then they have won just two out of nine. While the American League East is pathetic, the Yankees performance to date is enough to give anyone, even those with a steel stomach, agita.

Mid-season Team Numbers

  • Record: 41-40, 2.5 GB in AL East
  • Home: 18-21, Road: 23-19
  • Pythagorean W-L: 37-44
  • -33 run differential (-41 at home)
  • Just finished 2nd straight June under .500
  • 4 games under .500 since April
  • Team hitting splits - .252/.316/.382, 326 R (20th in MLB), 69 HR (tied for 21st in MLB)
  • Team pitching - 4.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and .255 BAA

Mid-season Player Numbers - Making the cut

  • Brett Gardner - .286/.357/.425, 11 doubles, 5 triples, 7 HR, 31 RBI and 15 stolen bases
  • Jacoby Ellsbury - .288/.358/.397, 17 doubles, 34 RBI and 22 stolen bases
  • Mark Teixeira - .818 OPS, 15 HR and 41 RBI (missed 20 games)
  • Masahiro Tanaka - 115.2 IP, 11-3, 2.10 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, .217 BAA and 127 Ks
  • Dellin Betances - 48 IP, 1.50 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, .130 BAA and 76 Ks
  • David Robertson - 27.2 IP, 18 saves, 2.93 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, .188 BAA and 48 Ks

Mid-season Player Numbers - Jury's out

Mid-season Player Numbers - Giving us agita

  • Brian McCann - .221/.281/.361, 9 HR and 36 RBI
  • Carlos Beltran - .219/.274/.410, 16 doubles, 8 HR and 24 RBI (missed 26 games)
  • Brian Roberts - .236/.311/.354, 7 stolen bases
  • Kelly Johnson - .224/.300/.398
  • Remainder of rotation after Kuroda and Tanaka
  • Remainder of bullpen after Warren, Betances and Robertson
In all, it was a very disappointing first half of the season. Players who were doled out serious cash to compensate for the loss of Robinson Cano have failed to produce according to what they're paid. The injuries to CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda have proved difficult to overcome. Without Tanaka this team would be buried.

General manager Brian Cashman has claimed to be ready to make some moves. We'll see if the Yankees farm system is rich enough to bring in high-impact personnel or if they'll simply be able to add a couple of lightning-in-a-bottle players similar to Alfonso Soriano in 2013.

If they can't get consistent production from this point on, with the current crew in addition to any new faces, the Yankees could be out of the playoffs for the second straight season.

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