In the final month of the season, the Yankees played some of their worst baseball. They had a losing record in September, then played all three of their October games in the span of barely more than 24 hours. As a whole, the team was not good down the stretch, but some of the individual players got hot leading into the playoffs.
Hot at the right time
The American League’s Player of the Month had 26 RBI and nine home runs in September. Most importantly, he’s stayed healthy since coming off the disabled list.
Rodriguez led the Yankees in RBI in September, but Granderson was a close second with 23. He added two more in the weekend’s Red Sox series.
September: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP
Hard to imagine a trade deadline addition working out any better. Wood has moved into the eighth inning and he’s been positively dominant. His scoreless innings streak ended in Boston on Saturday, but even that came without Wood allowing a hit.
In the right direction
No real power, but Berkman has hit since he came off the disabled list. He’s walked more than he’s struck out, included three walks and no strikeouts in this weekend’s Red Sox series.
Given the way Jeter hit in the previous three months, his September was a step in the right direction. He went 4-for-10 over the weekend.
September: 2-0, 2.13 ERA, 0.95 WHIP
The bad outings always stand out for late-inning relievers, and Chamberlain had that appearance against the Rays when he let all three inherited runners score. Otherwise, he’s let just one inherited runner score since August 9.
Not sure how much of a role Cervelli will play in the postseason, but he was terrific down the stretch. He played in 14 games and drew 11 walks in the last full month of the season.
Struggling down the stretch
Kearns had 41 at-bats in September and struck out 18 times. He had four at-bats this weekend in Boston and struck out three times. In his last 22 games, Kearns hit .164 without an extra-base hit.
Truth is, Posada, Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner all had sub-par months of September, which helps explain the Yankees losing so much down the stretch. Posada followed a down month of September by going 0-for-8 this weekend in Boston.
September: 1-1, 7.45 ERA, 1.76 WHIP
It’s easy to point out Andy Pettitte and Javier Vazquez in this spot, but I’m sure everyone is well aware of their struggles. Gaudin allowed a .317 batting average in September. Sergio Mitre allowed a .318 opponents batting average.