There has been a lot of grousing during the Yankees recent struggles. Grousing not unlike we heard early in the season: the Yankees are too home run-dependent! They have to play small ball!
The people who say this often cite the Yankees trouble with runners in scoring position as a failure to be a fundamentally sound team. That their situational hitting skills suck, and that they’re swinging for the fences too much.
Bah. If anyone can find an expert who will argue that hitting with runners in scoring position is a skill as opposed to something that just happens, I’ll give them a shiny new silver dollar. There is no switch one turns on or off when it comes to hitting with runners on. Batters try to hit all the damn time.
In any event, if you still think that the Yankees are too home-run dependent, go read Tyler Kepner’s latest at the times. He uses history to debunk that notion, and makes a claim that should be as obvious as all hell but which some people need reminded of: “the home run is always a good play.”
Good stuff from Tyler, as always.