Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 6/1/12
Around this time last year, there was a patently absurd notion pervading coverage of the New York Yankees. Writers, bloggers and radio hosts were mostly in agreement: The Yankees were hitting all too many home runs. At the time, I did a full analysis of the situation, and determined that these home runs were not being paid for with extra outs, essentially making them upgraded singles and doubles. And when you can trade in a single base for four, you do it every time. Unless you’re a pitcher. This year, Yankees starters have combined to serve up a Major League-worst 54 home runs, with Ivan Nova’ 13 “leading” the way and Phil Hughes serving up at least one of his 12 long balls in each of his 10 starts. Even CC Sabathia has been beaten nine times, and Andy Pettitte has surrendered six in his four starts. The Blue Jays’ awful bullpen actually moves them four ahead of the Yankees in overall home run count, but at 65, the Bombers are still getting bombed at the second-highest rate in Majo...
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