The departure of certain hitters - Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, and Alex Rodriguez - is sure to change the makeup of the hitting approach of the Yankees' lineup. Their likely replacements - Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner, Kevin Youkilis, and Travis Hafner - tend to focus more on contact and less on the long ball. I had a theory that if the Yankees would stick to getting base hits and making contact instead of swinging for the fences, their RISP problems would go away. Since I am a numbers guy, I decided to look at some stats. Check this out:
Okay, so what do the numbers tell us? Well, for one thing, the guys leaving swung for the fences WAY too often. Russell Martin's was astonishing - he only has about three base hits for every home run he hit.
Clearly, it is impossible to tell what a season might bring. Nevertheless, if you believe the stats and the players' histories, we should expect to see more patience at the plate from some of the hitters, more productive at-bats, and perhaps far fewer stranded runners in scoring position. This would be a welcome change.
--Ike Dimitriadis, BYB Writer
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