To the sounds of the Paul Simon box set …
To be a baseball beat writer is to live in constant fear of needing to come up with a story. There could be rain or extra space in the paper or just about anything.
To try and head this off, most of us keep some kind of day-to-day stats of the team. This enables you to spot trends and come up with occasional notes.
This is what I have at the moment:
The Yankees have 30 doubles in the last nine games. They had 32 in the first 23 games.
Derek Jeter went 0 for 6 on Friday, snapping his hitting streak at 20 games. He is 10 for 20 with seven RBI since.
Doug “The Iron Horse” Mientkiewicz has hit safely in eight straight games at 11 of 27 (.407). He has scored eight runs, driven in eight runs and struck out only once in that stretch. His batting average has gome from .140 to .234.
Alex Rodriguez had been hit by a pitch four times in the last eight games. The Yankees as a team have been hit 21 times. A-Rod, Giambi and Jeter account for 13 of the HBPs. Yankee pitchers have hit opposing batters 12 times. That disparity can’t make the hitters happy.
The Yankees have a team ERA of 1.60 ERA in the last five games. They’ve needed the bullpen only 11.1 innings during that stretch.
Mariano Rivera has allowed 10 earned runs. He allowed his 10th earned run on July 14 last season and 15 all season. Mo allowed 12 earned runs in 2005.
Meanwhile, Kevin Devaney was at the Stadium for the Journal News tonight. He informs us that Jason Giambi will get his left foot examined before today’s game. It’s just precautionary.