Halfway through the season, we’ve learned this much about the Yankees: They’re built on home runs and pitching. That much is clear from watching the Yankees finest month of the season, a red-hot monch of June during which they went 20-7, built a 10-game winning streak and climbed from a game and a half out of first place to a five-game lead in the division.
Derek Jeter: .232/.295/.313
Curtis Granderson: .220/.325/.440
Alex Rodriguez: .232/.327/.463
Robinson Cano: .340/.416/.730
Mark Teixeira: .219/.319/.406
Nick Swisher: .321/.406/.548
Raul Ibanez: .162/.250/.265
Eric Chavez: .286/.362/.524
Russell Martin: .194/.270/.433
Nothing overly impressive except for Cano, Swisher and Chavez, but the Yankees led the Majors in home runs last month, which helped them score the third-most runs in the American League, just one fewer than the Angels who hit a full 51 points better as a team.
CC Sabathia: 3-1, 3.03 ERA, 36 K, 8 BB
Hiroki Kuroda: 4-1, 1.98 ERA, 43 K, 10 BB
Phil Hughes: 4-1, 2.67 ERA, 32 K, 8 BB
Ivan Nova: 3-0, 1.26 ERA, 27 K, 9 BB
Andy Pettitte: 1-1, 2.97 ERA, 37 K, 10 BB
The Yankees had baseball’s second-lowest ERA last month, trailing only the Mets — behind R.A. Dickey’s incredible run — and significantly better than the Red Sox, who had the third-lowest ERA.
Mark Teixeira likes to say that you’re never satisfied in baseball. By the game’s very nature — no one is going to strikeout every batter or get a hit every time — players always feel they could be better. The Yankees aren’t a perfect team, but halfway through the season, they’ve been awfully good while leaning on their pitching staff and trusting the long ball to carry the offense.
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