Thanks in part to the Royals’ sweep of the Baltimore Orioles this past weekend, the New York Yankees come to town leading the American League East by half a game, owning a 22-13 record. Much of this is due to their high-powered offense, currently ranked third in runs scored.
The game times and matchups will look like this:
- Tuesday, May 16, 7:15 PM CDT - CC Sabathia (L) vs. Jason Hammel
- Wednesday, May 17, 7:15 PM CDT - Michael Pineda vs. Jason Vargas (L)
- Thursday, May 18, 7:15 PM CDT - Jordan Montgomery (L) vs. Danny Duffy (L)
Yankees at Royals pitching matchups
|CC Sabathia (L)||7||39.0||27||15.3||17||9.7||5.77||5.17||4.76||4.91||0.1||-0.2|
|Jason Vargas (L)||7||44.2||39||22.9||8||4.7||1.01||2.17||3.72||3.63||1.6||2.3|
|Jordan Montgomery (L)||6||34.1||33||22.5||15||10.2||4.19||3.63||4.74||4.37||0.7||0.4|
|Danny Duffy (L)||8||50.2||35||16.7||17||8.1||3.38||3.33||4.68||4.72||1.1||1.1|
While CC Sabathia is a shell of his former self, both Jordan Montgomery and Michael Pineda have pitched well thus far this year. Pineda particularly has pitched like an ace, even if his ERA is a little high for what he has done on the mound. The Yankees also just placed The Abuser of Women on the DL, so they are without their high-dollar closer.
Yankees position players
|Aaron Hicks (S)||OF||106||6||22||16||6||.317||.457||.585||.443||189||1.7||1.5|
|Brett Gardner (L)||LF||140||7||26||14||5||.289||.381||.521||.388||150||1.6||2.0|
|Jacoby Ellsbury (L)||CF||127||4||17||12||8||.275||.358||.413||.340||117||1.0||0.8|
|Chase Headley (S)||3B||139||3||21||15||4||.260||.345||.423||.336||114||0.8||0.4|
|Didi Gregorius (L)||SS||68||1||5||10||1||.297||.324||.391||.310||95||0.7||0.3|
Fueled in large part by Aaron Judge’s breakout campaign, the Yankees position players are the second most valuable unit in baseball, totaling 9.1 fWAR. As a team, they are slashing .270/.353/.456 with a .351 wOBA and 124 wRC+. To put that into perspective, the Royals’ SLG is only .004 higher than the Yankees’ OBP. Sure, some of this is due to the disparate environs that each team calls home, but that hardly explains it all away. Despite these not being the Yankees of old, there is a reason these Yankees have the third-best record in baseball.
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