It was pretty apparent the 2013 New York Yankees had a tough time scoring runs. Still, entering September the team was hanging tough and contending for a play-off spot. (For that Yankee fans should be throwing flowers at the feet of manager Joe Girardi. If I had a vote for AL Manager of the year, he’d get it.)
And while it’s just one month of play, the numbers suggest there should be plenty of lightly used lumber ready for Spring Training 2014. The Bronx Bombers hit a woeful .222 in September when the team needed production the most. The only lower team batting average in the AL for September was the Seattle Mariners logging .216
Yankee fans may want to look away at the September breakdown:
Now, if you’re looking for a story line to watch when the Yankees gather in Tampa in February, here’s one. Derek Jeter, who will turn 40 next season, hit just .200 in the final month of the season while still recovering from injury. Meanwhile, 27-year-old shortstop Eduardo Nunez hit .275 in September.