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Exactly how good is the Yankees' league-leading offense?

Oct 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

New York led the league in scoring for the fourth time in five seasons, but unlike 2006 (930), 2007 (968), and 2009 (915) they failed to score 900 runs. Now, scoring 859 runs is clearly still great–by comparison, the Twins had a very good offense and scored 108 fewer runs–but the Yankees’ total is inflated by a hitter-friendly home ballpark.
They ranked third in runs scored on the road with 386, which is basically identical to the Twins’ road total of 382. None of which is to suggest that the Yankees’ offense is anything but scary, as their lineup for each game figures to have just one hitter with a below-average OPS: Derek Jeter.
However, aging has removed some of the panic-inducing thump from Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Jorge Posada, leaving a Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira fueled lineup that’s “only” very deep and very good rather than unfathomably dominant.
In addition to the aforementioned season-long road numbers that put the Twins and Yankees on relatively equal footing at the plate, since the All-Star break the Yankees have scored 386 runs overall while the Twins have plated 372. New York has a better offense, but the gap isn’t nearly as significant as the bigger names would suggest.
Or, put another way, nine hitters in the series have an adjusted OPS+ above 110 and four are Twins, including the top guy:

                     PA     OPS+
Jim Thome           339     175
Robinson Cano       692     141
Joe Mauer           582     134
Nick Swisher        631     127
Mark Teixeira       707     125
Alex Rodriguez      590     123
Delmon Young        611     120
Danny Valencia      319     116
Jorge Posada        447     116
  1. avg joe - Oct 5, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Good article, Aaron. Here’s hoping Kubel and Cuddy can turn it on for the post-season…

  2. CG - Oct 5, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    wOBA’s of the Twins’ and Yankees’ regulars:
    .437 Thome
    .389 Cano
    .377 Swisher
    .373 Mauer
    .367 Teixeira
    .365 Thames
    .363 Alex
    .358 Gardner
    .357 Posada
    .352 Young
    .351 Valencia
    .346 Granderson
    .329 Cuddyer
    .327 Casilla
    .326 Kubel
    .320 Jeter
    .320 Hudson
    .314 Berkman
    .313 Hardy
    .312 Span

  3. Mr. Heyward - Oct 5, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Ozzie’s decision to platoon garbage at the DH spot rather than keep Thome has really been a blessing for those Twinkies…holy nuts!

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