A Look Into The Yankees 9 Game Win Streak

The Yankees recently had their 9 game winning streak ended when they suffered a 2-1 loss to the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros on Monday night in Houston. I want to take a look into the numbers to see how well the Yankees were playing during that 9 game winning streak that lasted from April 21 when they beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1, until April 29 when they beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1. During this 9 game winning streak the Yankees outscored their opponents (Blue Jays, Twins, and Angles) 64-18.

On April 21, when this streak began, this is what the standings in the American League East looked like.

Team Wins Losses Winning Percentage Games Back
Boston 17 3 .850
Toronto 13 7 .650 4.0
New York 10 9 .526 6.5
Tampa Bay 7 13 .350 10.0
Baltimore 6 15 .285 11.5

As you can see, the Yankees were not playing well to start the season, as you can see as they were 6.5 games out of 1st place, with a .526 winning percentage. Yes, I know they say standings do not matter in April, and that you can’t win championships in April, this is just used to show how much ground a team can make up in 9 games.

On April 29, the day of the last win of this 9 game winning streak for the Yankees, this is what the American League East standings looked like.

Team Wins Losses Winning Percentage Games Back
Boston 20 7 .741
New York 18 9 .667 2.0
Toronto 15 12 .556 5.0
Tampa Bay 12 14 .462 7.5
Baltimore 8 20 .286 12.5

While the Red Sox did slide a bit, the Yankees surge took their winning percentage from .526 to .667, a jump of .141. The Yankees also went from 6.5 games back to 2.0 games back. This winning streak may just be the turning point of the season for the real Yankees to show up.

Let’s take a deeper look into the hitting the pitching stats during this 9 game winning streak.

Game Number Hits Earned Runs Walks Strikeouts Home Runs
1 4 1 3 9 0
2 4 1 4 8 1
3 6 1 3 8 0
4 5 1 3 9 0
5 10 4 6 9 1
6 8 3 4 12 2
7 6 3 1 9 1
8 7 1 3 12 1
9 6 1 3 7 0

As you can see, the pitching staff was dominate, allowing an average of 6.22 hits per game, 1.78 earned runs per game, 3.33 walks per game, 9.22 strikeouts per game, and allowing 0.67 home runs per game. On top of those fantastic number, the pitching staff’s ERA started at 4.42, and at the end of the streak they dropped their combined ERA to 3.67.

We saw how dominate the pitching staff was during these 9 games, now let’s see how the bats were doing during this streak.

Game Runs Hits HRs RBI Average OBP % SLG % OPS %

1

9 9 1 8 .255 .346 .445 .791

2

5 9 1 5 .256 .346 .448

.794

3

14 13 4 14 .261 .352 .465

.817

4

8 10 4 8 .262 .351 .474

.825

5

7 11 2 7 .266 .355 .480

.835

6

4 5 1 4 .263 .352 .475

.826

7

4 7 1 4 .260 .348 .471

.819

8

11 14 0 9 .264 .350 .472

.822

9 2 4 1 2 2.59 .346 .466

.811

I’m not going to average out every stat, that is something that is easily done, but looking at the two charts you can see the pitching staff is giving up 1.78 runs per game while the offense is scoring an average of 7.11 runs be game. This is a key statistic in order to secure more wins than loses.

Early season numbers are always slightly skewed since there is such a small sample size compared to the entire season, and it’s not always indicative of how the overall season will be, but this team seemed to click on all cylinders during this streak. Hopefully this ends up being a turning point of the season.

At the time of this writing, even though the Yankees streak has been broken by a 2-1 loss at Houston on Monday night, the Yankees have won back to back games since then by a score of 4-0 for each game. So taking 11 out of 12, especially 2 from the defending World Series Champions is an amazing stretch for this team right now. The Yankees do have one more game today in Houston, before this streak of playing the best teams in the American League continues. The Yankees travel home on Thursday to start a 9 game home stand, with the first 6 of the games against the Indians and the rival Red Sox.

This stretch could be an indication of what the playoffs could look like with the Yankees, Indians, Astros, and Red Sox, but as always, we have only played 30 out of 162 games, and as Yankees broadcasters Suzyn Waldman always says “you can’t predict baseball.”

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