If you have an explanation for this, I’d like to hear it.
The Yankees hit .293 (478 of 1,629) with RISP last season. They actually hit lower (.288, 1,178 of 4,088) when there were no RISP.
This season? They are at .260 with RISP (356 of 1,267) and at .275 (1,054 of 3,831) without RISP. It’s amazing that roughly the same players can have that dramatic a swing.
Then there’s this: The catchers.
Jorge Posada, Jose Molina and Wil Nieves were 202 of 633 (.319) in 2007 with 21 homers, 106 runs and 107 RBI.
Posada, Molina, Pudge Rodriguez and Chad Moeller are 137 of 590 (.232) in 2008 with eight homers, 68 runs scored and 48 RBI.
Toss in the shockingly bad season of Robinson Cano and it pretty much explains it.
Cano in 2007: .306, 19 homers, 93 runs scored, 97 RBI.
Cano in 2008: .258, 13 homers, 60 runs scored, 61 RBI.
Two positions produced 71 fewer runs and 95 fewer RBI than the previous season. This isn’t an exact formula by any means, but the Yankees are on a pace to score 190 fewer runs than they did last season. You can’t pin it all on the catchers and Cano, but they’re responsible for a lot of it.
The Yankees got a lot more out of first base this season. But had Posada been healthy and Cano met his projections, the Yankees would have been OK, quite likely.