Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
During the middle of the game last night, I was on-line checking the scores...2-0, 2-1, 3-2, 1-1. Sure sign of a recession when you see lines like that in the Junior Circut. BP takes as look at why scoring in in the American League is down this season. Tom Verducci examines the issue as well, and Jake Luft wonders what ever happen to Travis Hafner.
Last night, inspired by william's claim that Damon, Jeter, and Abreu were in sharp declines, I looked up their rankings per position in Runs Creaed. All three were among the top 3 in the AL, but way down the list among both leagues. Hitters (at least at LF, RF, and SS) are significantly better in the NL right now.
If the trends continue, I may be willing to consider the possibility that there is a new influx of ground ball pitchers in the AL.
And it still doesn't excuse the Yankees for scoring zero runs off of Matt Garza and Edwin Jackson.
The stats you posted from BP's adjusted standings in the last thread were interesting. The problem is, even if the Yanks' offense had produced the 182 runs it "should", based on Adjusted Equivalent Runs, the Yanks would still be only 21-19, instead of 19-21.
That's not bad, but its not a lot of improvement either. Contrast that to last year, where in May/June, the Yanks were underperforming by 7 wins.
I love wild ideas. Fire away!
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