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Yankees: Are you having April and May offensive déjà vu too?

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The New York Yankees took the rubber match last night, beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4 in nine innings.

This series win also marks the end of May for the Yankees, who are amid a much-needed day off before they start a 17 straight games in row.

The 2014 Yankees finish the first two months with a 28-24 record, second place in the AL East, three games behind the hot Toronto Blue Jays.

Undoubtedly, the Yankees inconsistent offensive production has cost them games.

So far, the checks owner Hal Steinbrenner signed this past off-season to mend the lackluster line-up from 2013 has not paid off.

Shockingly with the onslaught of pitching injuries the Yankees have endured in April and May, the hitting has been their biggest issue.

The similarities in team batting stats from April and May in 2013 to this year is not too comforting.

But thanks to the weakest AL East I can remember, the Yankees are still hanging around, but they were in the same place last season with a tad of a better record (30-21).

As the saying goes, stats don’t lie and here are a few batting facts for you.

- The 2014 Yankees have hit 16 less home runs in April and May than the 2013 team?

- Over the first two months of 2014 the Yankees bats have 25 less total bases and grounded into three more double plays than last year?

- The 2014 Yankees are posting a -7 run differential compared to +22 in 2013.

- This season’s Yankees were advertised as being much faster on the base pads, but they only stolen three more bases (35) compared so far.

Please check out the hitting between the last two seasons, at the end of the first two months to see how scary similar the groups look.

(all stats courtesy of MLB.com and ESPN.com)

2013 Yankees Team Batting Stats - April & May
MONTH
GP
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
TB
RBI
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
SO
BB
SB
CS
GDP
XBH
TOTAL5418202224497411637342040.2470.3080.4040.713397146321043148
April26881120230354363811060.2610.3300.4320.763173811142475
May2893910221939727353980.2330.2860.3760.662224652161973
2014 Yankees Team Batting Stats - April & May
MONTH
GP
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
TB
RBI
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
SO
BB
SB
CS
GDP
XBH
TOTAL5218122244648410477092070.2560.3200.3920.71137815937646141
April26895110234554223631010.2610.3260.4060.732196792131981
May26917114230296253461060.2510.3130.3770.690182801632760

What does this all mean?

Admittedly, I was expecting the offense to be a lot better this season. Some will blame the mediocrity on injuries, but after last season not being ready is unacceptable. Plus the pitching got ravaged more than the hitting, so guys need to step it up and do what their capable of…cough, cough Ellsbury, McCann, Beltran, Soriano, Gardner.

I believe that this team is still adjusting to all the new faces and the Derek Jeter retirement tour is what is making the progress slower. Mark my words, the 2014 Yankees will take off post All-Star break as now there is Jeter and everybody else.

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