New York Yankees fans — at least the loyal ones — are available to sit and watch ~140 games per year. Glued to the television. Dialed in for every pitch and at-bat.
When the Bombers are tearing the cover off the ball, you’ll hear all about it. People will be recalling their favorite Aaron Judge home run or the most clutch DJ LeMahieu RBI single that serves their memory.
When they’re playing poorly? Well, you’ll also hear all about it. You’ll hear about the strikeouts. The errors. The poor baserunning. The weak at-bats. The non-existent situational hitting.
In 2021, it’s more of the negativity, and it’s specifically focusing on the Yankees’ inability to do ANYTHING with runners in scoring position.
Fans of just about every other team look at anyone complaining about the Yankees as a brat or gigantic baby. “Of course, Yankees fans will find something to complain about. They can’t even be happy with 27 World Series.”
Funny how it works, though, because those same people are probably also saying that Yankees fans are clinging to championships that happened before color television. Whatever the case, Bronx Bombers fans are not being whiners in 2021. The struggle is real. And the stats are here to prove it.
Here are the Yankees’ splits with runners in scoring position:
- .217/.324/.309 with 11 homers and 156 RBI in 74 games (515 at-bats)
Terrible. And that’s not even including Wednesday night’s narrow win against the Kansas City Royals. They were 1-for-5 and left nine runners on base. It truly never ends.
This also isn’t any old Yankees team or one that’s dealing with crippling injury issues. The lineup has largely been healthy. There’s no excuse for the play to be this bad as we’re nearing the 75-game mark. Everyone has a reason to be infuriated.
Let’s pick three teams who should be a lot worse than the Yankees out from the pack randomly. How about the Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners. How about their RISP stats?
- Marlins — .244/.330/.418 with 22 home runs and 200 RBI in 74 games
- Tigers — .246/.326/.374 with 14 home runs and 192 RBI in 75 games
- Mariners — .270/.337/.467 with 21 home runs and 211 RBI in 76 games
We’re honestly not sure why we picked three random teams because … the Yankees are the WORST in MLB with runners in scoring position. The Pittsburgh Pirates were more effective than they were until Thursday’s game. What’s even more insane? The Yankees have the second FEWEST at-bats with runners in scoring position! The smaller sample size should actually help a little bit! Their .632 OPS is indescribable. There are no words. Just groans.
The good news? They’re at rock bottom. The only way to go is up … we think.