Going into last night’s game, the Yankees led the Major Leagues in wOBA with an impressive .365 mark. That’s ten points above the closest competitor, the Milwaukee Brewers (.355). The Yankees also lead the league in FanGraphs WAR at 10.6, mostly due to their 50 batting runs.
Speaking of WAR, Baseball Reference has added WAR to its player pages and I noticed last night that Alex Rodriguez has gone over the 100 WAR mark as I discussed way back in March.
Right now, the Yankees are 10th in the Majors in UZR/150 (5.1). That’s a good mark, but it’s worth noting that the sample is still small and UZR for teams isn’t always as good as UZR for individual players. In terms of defensive efficiency, that is how good the Yankees are at turning batted balls into outs, they rank 4th in the Majors with a .719 mark. The Giants lead the league with a .726 mark.
This doesn’t speak to the Yankees per se, but more just baseball in general. To make a Yankee connection, go back to Tuesday night’s game when Francisco Cervelli bunted in the ninth, giving the Red Sox an extra out and moving a runner–the tying run–to third that never ended up scoring.
Looking at the run expectancy chart, we can see that there is literally no situation in which bunting a runner, or runners, over that will increase the amount of runs that a team could expect to score.
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