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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Last-place New York Yankees off to worst 15-game start since 1997

Gerrit Cole shook his head, disgusted. Aaron Hicks put hands on hips and bowed his head. By the end of the afternoon, pretty much all of the New York Yankees were appalled, along with their loudly booing fans.

Yoshi Tsutsugo hit a tiebreaking double off Cole in the seventh inning that lifted the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 win on Sunday and a three-game sweep that extended the Yankees’ losing streak to five games. New York fell to an American League-worst 5-10, its poorest start since 1997.

“I’m frustrated, personally frustrated,” said reigning AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu, who concluded the Yankees were “tight and pressing.”

“No one’s going to feel sorry for us,” he said. “No one’s going to throw softer or throw easier for us. We’ve got to find it within ourselves to continue to get better and play the way we’re capable of.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2021 at 11:57 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: April 19, 2021 at 12:18 AM (#6014210)
The Yankees are doomed ... DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!
   2. Baldrick Posted: April 19, 2021 at 01:02 AM (#6014212)
It's not going to last, but I'm certainly enjoying it for the moment.
   3. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: April 19, 2021 at 01:23 AM (#6014214)
its poorest start since 1997

... When they won 96 games
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: April 19, 2021 at 07:12 AM (#6014216)
How bad are the Yankees? They're a half-game behind the Tigers, who were swept in Oakland and have scored exactly two runs in their last three games. (Remember Akil Baddoo's great start? Yeah, that's over with now.)
   5. The Duke Posted: April 19, 2021 at 09:52 AM (#6014230)
They are missing Jedi-master Luke Voit.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 19, 2021 at 10:28 AM (#6014237)
Here's the most telling stat of them all when it comes to their offense:
As a team, they’ve played about the equivalent of a full season for a position player: 553 plate appearances, enough to qualify for a batting title. Their collective average is .210, with a .296 on-base percentage and a .346 slugging percentage.

Few players ever get the chance to be so bad for so long. Only one A.L. player in Boone’s lifetime has had 550 plate appearances in a season with lower marks in average, on-base and slugging: Billy Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles in 1988. That was the year he posed for his infamous baseball card with an obscenity scrawled on the knob of his bat.

And if that's not bad enough....In the 11 games not started by Gerrit Cole, Yankees starters are 1-6 with a 6.39 earned run average.

But here's the irony: Though it seems as if the strikeout is the default outcome of every Yankees AB, their team strikeout average is actually slightly BELOW the AL as a whole. Right now watching the Yankees offense is like watching a soccer game played with the goal posts set about 5' apart.
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 19, 2021 at 10:53 AM (#6014241)
The Yankees are second to last in the majors in slugging, but four teams have a worse batting average, and they're not close to the bottom in OBP. In other words, they are legitimate representatives of baseball circa 2021: bad and boring.

Maybe - hopefully - we're seeing the end of the launch angle era, and teams will start trying to put the ball in play again.
   8. Rally Posted: April 19, 2021 at 11:48 AM (#6014246)

In the NL there have been two seasons meeting that criteria: Darwin Barney 2013 (a good defender and very good comp for Billy) and Melvin Upton in 2014. There were a few in the late 60s/early 70's, I guess before Aaron Boone's time. Ed Brinkman 1972, Don Wert 1968, and Zoilo Versalles in 1967.

I am surprised that there aren't more from all the glove-only shortstops of that period, I guess they miss on the PA (batting 8th and being pinch hit for a lot) or manage to bat .215 or something to miss the list. Zoilo's awful year came only 2 seasons after his MVP year and happened when he should have been in his prime, at age 27. He never recovered after that.

Of the guys on the list, Upton 2014's stats look most similar to the 2021 Yankees.
   9. villageidiom Posted: April 19, 2021 at 11:55 AM (#6014247)
I haven't been following the Yankees' games much this year, but I can usually tell when a given day's game is over when "Cashman" starts trending on Twitter.
   10. Howie Menckel Posted: April 19, 2021 at 12:33 PM (#6014251)
the home fans are "Bronx Cheering" above their weight class in terms of attendance.

Aaron Hicks seems to be the rancid flavor-of-the-month for the crowd at the moment, but everyone who strikes out get a scoop...
   11. Zach Posted: April 19, 2021 at 12:47 PM (#6014253)
As a team, they’ve played about the equivalent of a full season for a position player: 553 plate appearances, enough to qualify for a batting title. Their collective average is .210, with a .296 on-base percentage and a .346 slugging percentage.

Year   Age  Tm Lg   G  PA  AB  R   H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS OPS+  TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB    Pos Awards
2007    26 KCR AL 152 536 509 58 136 25  7  2  47  5  6 10 78 .267 .284 .356 .640   68 181  13   4  8  5   0        *6/H4D

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Generated 4/19/2021.

Tony Pena Jr. was a man ahead of his time.
   12. Zach Posted: April 19, 2021 at 12:57 PM (#6014255)
The Royals have thrown some legendarily bad hitters out there through the years, but the concept of a lineup of nine TPJs has a morbid fascination.
   13. reech Posted: April 19, 2021 at 01:08 PM (#6014257)
In the "good old days", Boss George woulda already fired Boone.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: April 19, 2021 at 05:03 PM (#6014294)
The Cubs at least are doing it right at 192/285/379. We are particularly proud of our 137/230/304 line with RISP.

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