I started looking at some numbers assuming that the return Alex Rodriguez must have had a significant impact on the offense. Not so much. Check it out:
FIRST 28 GAMES
Runs: 158 (5.64)
Team batting: .275/.356/.463.
LAST 17 GAMES
Runs: 96 (5.64)
Who would have guessed that? But what has changed is that the Yankees are a more confident team offensively. That flurry of walk-off wins is evidence. I realize, of course, that there are dozens of variables including the pitchers they faced, the opponents, the ballparks, injuries, etc. But it surprised me that the offense stats were basically the same. The pitching obviously has improved, that’s why they’re winning.
I would bet the averages with RISP has changed. I need to crunch those numbers when I get a chance.
What counts is the record and the Yankees have been on a tear since getting their third baseman back. Plus he’s turned Mark Teixeira back into Mark Teixeira.
UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: A ha!
RISP without Alex: 66 of 268 (.246).
RISP with Alex: 46 of 136 (.338).
Alex’s RISP: 7 of 19 (.368).
While Alex has hit in the clutch, the rest of the team is 39 of 117 (.333). His presence clearly has made a big difference. The lineup is settled, Teixeira is so much better, etc.