Aaron Boone’s Wrecking Ball assortment runs 7.3 runs per game. Aaron Judge gets close to not only Roger Maris but also Mickey Mantle, the last midfielder to win the Triple Threat title. And it’s happening while rusty Giancarlo Stanton can’t hit the fastball just yet, and Andrew Benentende and DJ Limaheu are still on the injured list.
Go ahead and ask what kind of run this is Yankees Can be installed in October. You probably don’t see dominant starting shooters. You might think they rely “too much” on running around the house, whatever that means.
But by doing so, you lose sight of what the post-season wins in the modern game: home runs and revolutions. That fact is why Boone knows this may be the best-equipped of the Yankees’ five teams when it comes to what it takes to win in the post-season.
“If we at least come close to being completely healthy, I think there’s a chance of that,” Boone says. “Benintende would be great – to have a left-handed hitter and a strong defender. [Harrison] Badr should be back on Tuesday. She has a chance to be a real whole team. can be [the best]. “
The Wrecking Ball lineup formed seven games ago when Boone defeated Judge and Stanton 1–2. The idea with the injury drained squad was to get the judge’s protection and get him to the board whenever possible. Since then, the Yankees have been 5-2 and scored 51 points in those seven games, with Anthony Rizzo out of IL Sunday to take Stanton’s place behind Judge.
The judge is hot. In the Wrecking Ball lineup, he hit 0.535 with 0.606 on the base percentage. It’s so hot that since August 8, it’s hit 34 flyballs and about half of them, 16, have been reptiles. He’d have to calm down too much to not win the Triple Crown. Since July 16 hits 387. No wonder Boone is considering keeping Judge in the lead in the post-season even as the squad returns to full health.
“I can see Aaron first,” he says. “Ultimately it depends when we bring back Benintendi, what DJ is…but I can see him driving to try and protect him better. Maybe in a perfect world you would make him second. It depends on the leftists we’re up against and who we’re up against.”
last year I warned you to stop looking at post-season baseball like it was in the ’90s: As if it were still based on starting rallies and rallies. lo and brave They won it all by taking just three wins from the start, and none of them made three through a lineup in 16 games. How did they win? They beat home runs. a point. They scored 72% of their World Championship runs on reptiles.
It’s the same path ahead for the Yankees: Beginners only need to manage games, not win them, while Judge & Co. That’s why this is the best team in Boone to take advantage of the new way to baseball in October.
1. They beat home runs.
Under Boone’s command, the Yankees were 1-8 in October when they hit one or didn’t run their land. They are 10-3 when Homer hits the second. You can do a close analysis of October baseball as you like, but this one comes out on top for all the teams:
Percentage of wins after season by major hits, 2015-21
|The home team hits a game||Team win percentage|
The teams were 2–17 last postseason when Homer wasn’t. These are just two of 37 games in which the team has found another way to win without hitting the ball off the field – the fewest such wins since 1995. The .105 winning percentage in homeless games was the worst since the expanded playoffs began in ’69.
You’re saying it’s hard to count on a home run for the best post-season show? Last year, the home run rate per game Top in postseason (2.51) than in the regular season (2.45).
2. The hits don’t matter as much as you think.
The Yankees improved their strike rate from 25 last year to 15 this year. This is fine, but not critical. Of the past 14 teams that have reached the World Championships, half have fallen outside the top 10 in hitters, including the Braves (22). Teams accept hits as the cost of changing the game in one or two hits.
3. Parades don’t happen as often as you think.
It’s hard to put the hits together in October, even for the teams that win it all.
Post-season hit by the last six champions
2018 Red Sox
Average MLB Match
The Yankees had a 0.240, their second worst average since adding the DH in 1973. Nobody cares. The Major League average (.243) is the worst since the heap was lowered in ’69.
4. Yankees crush speed.
The speed goes up in the post-season (adrenaline, days off, better and shorter staff, etc.). Last year, the speedball averaged 93.5 mph in the regular season and 94.9 in the postseason. (Interestingly, the use of Fastball is gone lowestfrom 51% to 49%).
New York is the best MLS team to swing against pitches that are 95 mph and faster. Just Dodgers And the brave are above them.
5. Starting shooters are the managers of the game.
The Yankees have Gerrit Cole and Nestor Curtis Jr., followed by a mix of Jameson Tellon, Frankie Montas (fighting shoulder strain), Luis Severino (coming back from injury) and Ballpin Games. do not worry.
In the ’80s, the starters accounted for 67% of post-season wins. In 2020, that percentage has dropped to 51%. And the Last year he reached the bottom by 38%.
The last postseason shooters start were 14-21. The dilutions were 23-16.
6. What counts in the pile is the limit on home workouts.
If home strikes win games in the post-season, letting homeowners lose is what they lose. Post-season promotion means limiting walking and jogging at home. This gives a great deal of promotion to the employees Reduce idling inside the strike zone.
With their bevy of power submersibles, the Yankees excel in this quality. They have the third lowest deceleration allowed within the strike zone. Just Astros The Dodgers are better. Last year, New York ranked 10th.
That stat — a barometer of pure stuff — is so important that the top nine teams in the playoffs are entering on Tuesday. Last year, the top eight all made the post-season.
7. Home run differential.
Combine house beats and limit and you get this very important category:
The biggest home run differential
|Team||The differential in human resources|
Last season, the Braves ranked third (+56), behind giants The Dodgers.
8. In the first round bye.
The new match format rewards the first and second seed excessively. The top-ranked and second-seeded players in the division series must not lose, not when they play their first two home games with a staff fully relaxed against their opponent’s third or fourth starters.
The Blue Jays are 5.5 games behind New York with 15 and 16 games, respectively. It is unlikely that Toronto will be able to catch up with the Yankees for the second seed.
The Astros, a potential opponent in the LCS, are a big problem. The AL field is loaded with right-handers – 16 of the top 20 starters in the rest of the default field are righthanders. The Yankees may be 17th against the right pitcher when it comes to batting average (.239), but they are fifth on batting (.421), which is what matters.
But Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers, Jr., Christian Javier, Luis Garcia, Jose Orchidi, Phil Matton, Ryan Presley, Rafael Monteiro and Ren Stanek have been tailor-made to face New York. Only the Dodgers have a tougher right-hand stick to hit them. hard Framber Valdez is one of the most exciting shooters in the game.
9. Giancarlo Stanton
He is the tenth post-season factor for the Yankees. Since returning from an Achilles injury, Stanton hit 0.103 against fastballs. Its timing is a mess. No one can have a classic swing, the Stanton is a heavy spinning hitter from a closed position and is often restricted to indoor speed. No baseball hitter sees more pitches indoors than Stanton (30%).
But Stanton is a very sweaty hitter. It can look terrible at bats and get trapped the next day and stay hot for weeks.
“We have to hit it big,” Boone says. “That’s the key. Because when he’s gone, he’s scary. When he’s locked up, it doesn’t matter who’s there.”
The Yankees are a better team than they were last year. They have greatly improved their defense. They are the best team at turning the globes into teams. Jose Trevino improved his bet as a big promotion behind the board over Gary Sanchez. New York steals more bases and doesn’t crash into nearly as many bases.
These are all real improvements. But these are margin improvements compared to how they are blended. Judge is having a great historical season. He dumped his peers by the largest margin not seen since Babe Ruth in 1928. The Yankees have three weeks to completely surround him with the help of: Rizzo, Benintende, Limaheu, and Rustless Stanton. If nothing else, that’s why Boone could take his best team until October.
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