LEFT BEHIND – YANKEES: SOUTHPAW PROBLEMS IN THE PAST
ARLINGTON, Texas – The
Yankees stumbled in many areas
during the final month of the regular season, but one of the most
interesting numbers was 0-9. That was their record against
lefthanded starting pitchers to end the season.
Those numbers looked meaningless in the ALDS when the
Yankees beat both Twins lefties they
saw, Francisco Liriano and Brian Duensing. Now, the
Yankees head to the ALCS, when the
Rangers will throw C.J. Wilson and Cliff Lee.
Nick Swisher said the numbers from September should just be
thrown out because of what health issues did to the
“There was a lot of [stuff] going on,” Swisher said. “We had a
lot of guys banged-up.
We had a lot of guys who weren’t even in the lineup.
This is a different team. I think we’re all, for the most part,
healthy.” During that stretch, the
Yankees saw some tough lefties, as
well. David Price and Lee were in that group.
It was also during that time when the
Yankees’ own starting pitching went
Over the course of the season, the
Yankees’ average against
left-handers (.268) was nearly identical to the average against
righties (.266). Their power numbers were significantly less
against lefties. In 64 fewer at-bats, the
Yankees had 61 home runs vs.
lefties compared with 140 against righties and 252 RBIs vs.
Before the stretch of nine losses in a row, the
Yankees had won nine out of 10
games against southpaws.
“It’s part of baseball,” said Curtis Granderson, who batted .234
against lefties. “I remember seeing earlier in the season where our
numbers were pretty good. It’s just one of those crazy things in
baseball. Sometimes the numbers go in your favor.
Sometimes they go against you. But then, sure enough, when the
postseason started we picked up two victories against two lefties.”
Yankees have all said they buried
the problems that plagued them to end the regular season once the
playoffs started. When presented with the 0-9 record, they treated
it the same way.
“I didn’t know that,” Brett Gardner said. “I don’t make anything
of it. The season is over and done with. The last two games we had
against lefties we won. It’s kind of baffling really. I don’t know
why that’s the case.”
A look at some of the odds surrounding the ALCS, courtesy of
Yankees -170 Rangers +150
ODDS TO WIN THE ALCS MVP
CC Sabathia 15/2 Cliff Lee 19/2 Derek Jeter 10/1 Alex Rodriguez
10/1 Mark Teixeira 10/1 Josh Hamilton 10/1 Michael Young 12/1
Vladimir Guerrero 12/1 Ian Kinsler 12/1 Robinson Cano 12/1 Nelson
Cruz 14/1 Mariano Rivera 15/1 C.J. Wilson 15/1 Nick Swisher 16/1
Jorge Posada 16/1 Brett Gardner 18/1 Elvis Andrus 20/1 Neftali
Feliz 20/1 Lance Berkman 20/1 Curtis Granderson 20/1 Andy Pettitte
25/1 Field 10/1
EXACT SERIES RESULT
Yankees 4-0 9/1 (+900)
Yankees 4-1 4/1 (+400)
Yankees 4-2 15/4 (+375)
Yankees 4-3 9/2 (+450) Rangers 4-0
15/1 (+1500) Rangers 4-1 9/1 (+900) Rangers 4-2 6/1 (+600) Rangers
4-3 5/1 (+500)
TOTAL GAMES IN SERIES
4 6/1 (+600) 5 5/2 (+250) 6 2/1 (+200) 7 2/1 (+200)
Over Games 51/2 -175 Under Games 51/2 +145
SERIES GAME SPREAD
Yankees -11/2 +120 Rangers +11/2
WHERE WILL THE SERIES BE DECIDED?
Yankee Stadium +145 Rangers
TOTAL RUNS IN SERIES
TOTAL HOME RUNS IN SERIES
TOTAL STRIKEOUTS IN GAME 1 – CC SABATHIA Over/Under 5.5
TOTAL STRIKEOUTS IN GAME 1 – C.J. WILSON Over/Under 4.5