The Yankees scored 17 runs in the three-game Subway Series. Eight of the first nine against the Mets were produced by homers. The final eight, of course, were scored without one, all in that seventh inning in Sunday’s 9-3 rubber-game win.
Their power can be a great advantage, but they can’t always count on that. They need to be able to consistently produce the smaller way as well, especially with runners in scoring position. They’re at .249 in RISP and at .219 with two outs and runners in scoring position. Their team batting average is at .254.
The Yankees have scored 119 runs via homers and 116 via other methods. They have a major-league-high 71 homers. They have 22 multi-homer games, sending out at least one homer 35 times in going 25-20. They have six players with at least six homers.
Joe Girardi had a lot to say Sunday about the Yankees’ long-ball tendencies and this whole subject about scoring so many of their runs via homers as opposed to the small-ball way since he was asked about that a lot. He doesn’t care if all the runs come on homers, as long as the Yankees are scoring. So he wasn’t about to devalue production via long distance. And he pointed out that the homer-happy way isn’t just a Yankees thing.
This was from his pregame press conference:
“If you’re getting hits and they’re home runs, they’re still hits. I think sometimes people … we talk about home runs like they’re not hits. They’re still hits. They’re hits with runners in scoring position. They’re still hits. Do you score runs in bunches sometimes with home runs? Absolutely. But I don’t want to take away from a lot of times it’s a line drive or well-struck ball that happens to go out of the ballpark.
“Yeah, you’d like to be able to put five or six hits together all the time, but that’s not always easy to do. So if you have to score them by home runs, you score them by home runs.
“But there are a lot of American League teams that score a lot of runs by home runs. That’s just the nature of the American League. Now when you go out to the West Coast, it’s a little bit different because the ball’s not going to carry as well. But you look at some lineups, there are five or six guys capable of hitting 20 home runs in every lineup.”
This was from his postgame press conference:
“It almost seems like to me that a home run is not a hit the way we talk about it. A home run is actually a hit. It’s just a hit that goes a little bit farther than most. Our club is built around a lot of power. I mean, that’s what we have in our lineup. We have some guys who are fast. … Our ballpark is tailored around our lineup where we have a lot of left-handed hitters, and our right-handed hitters are able to go to right-center and to right field, which helps with that. That’s just kind of the club that we are.”
The picture of Derek Jeter from yesterday’s game is courtesy of The Associated Press.