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When the Yankees left Baltimore on Easter Sunday, the team was riding a three-game winning streak into what was shaping up to be one of the weakest stretches on the schedule. At the time, the offense was averaging a whopping six runs per game and the starting rotation was rounding into form, so it seemed like the Yankees were a sure bet to build upon their five game loss column lead over the Red Sox and Rays.

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Unfortunately, just when it looked as if the Yankees were ready to take off, their offense went south. In the 16 games played since April 24, the Bronx Bombers have averaged only 4.2 runs, and even that amount is inflated. Excluding two games in which they scored 12 runs, the Yankees have barely scored more than three runs per contest.

At the beginning of the year, the offense was expected to carry the team, but instead, the pitchers have shouldered the burden. As the offense has sputtered, the pitching staff has risen to the occasion by limiting the opposition to only 55 runs. Because of their stinginess, the Yankees have managed to eke out a .500 record during this stretch. However, by losing half those games, the Yankees have squandered a chance to take advantage of a soft spot in the schedule.

To be fair, the Yankees’ offense really hasn’t been that bad over the past two weeks. In fact, statistically speaking, it’s actually been pretty good. Over the last 14 days, the Bronx Bombers are second in all of baseball with a wOBA of .351 and first with an OBP of .363. In other words, the Yankees have not suffered from a lack of opportunities to score; they just haven’t been able to capitalize on them.

Yankees Offensive Performance, April 28 to May 11

Name PA HR R RBI BABIP OBP SLG wOBA WPA
Gustavo Molina 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 1.283 0.00
Brett Gardner 47 1 9 3 0.500 0.578 0.618 0.511 0.38
Eduardo Nunez 16 0 3 2 0.462 0.438 0.533 0.477 -0.12
Curtis Granderson 58 5 11 13 0.300 0.397 0.646 0.439 0.60
Mark Teixeira 53 3 6 5 0.250 0.415 0.558 0.427 -0.20
Robinson Cano 49 2 6 6 0.294 0.347 0.465 0.362 -0.08
Eric Chavez 13 0 1 3 0.222 0.385 0.400 0.327 0.20
Derek Jeter 52 2 6 5 0.308 0.308 0.429 0.324 -0.09
Nick Swisher 51 2 6 6 0.276 0.353 0.395 0.324 -0.06
Francisco Cervelli 11 1 2 5 0.143 0.200 0.500 0.302 0.01
Russell Martin 41 0 3 4 0.231 0.341 0.242 0.286 0.02
Jorge Posada 48 0 4 4 0.267 0.333 0.250 0.271 -0.06
Alex Rodriguez 51 0 5 4 0.243 0.235 0.208 0.208 -0.76
Andruw Jones 14 0 0 0 0.125 0.214 0.083 0.164 -0.24
Total 505 16 62 60 0.294 0.363 0.424 0.351 -0.42

Source: fangraphs.com

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