The Bronx is burning (again)
By Thomas J. Harrigan, Fantasy Sports Writer
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Give Dan Haren credit. In fact, give him a plaque that honors him as one of New York's top firefighters, because he's the only one who has been able to fan the Yankees' flames in the past two months.
The Angels right-hander may be having a disappointing season, but he was on the mound the last time the Yankees didn't plate at least three runs in a game, way back on May 29. Since then, New York has scored three runs or more 42 straight times, second best in the live-ball era to the 1994 Cleveland Indians.
New York has gone 31-11 in those 42 games, averaging 5.3 runs per game with 223 total runs scored during that span. To put that in perspective, the San Diego Padres have scored 336 runs in total in 93 games this season.
From a fantasy standpoint, these 42 games have been a delight for those who own Yankees, as batters have been producing, pitchers have been getting run support and relievers have been entering with leads to protect.
Let's take a look at which Yankees hitters have had the largest impact on this offensive explosion, and which pitchers have been benefitting the most from it.
1. Robinson Cano, 2B - Since May 30, Cano is batting .354 with 14 homers, 34 RBIs, 30 runs scored and a 1.110 OPS.
2. Mark Teixeira, 1B - Teixeira has hit 10 homers and driven in 33 runs during the streak, putting up a .356 OBP despite a .245 batting average due to an excellent 28/23 K/BB ratio.
3. Curtis Granderson, OF - Like Teixeira, Granderson hasn't hit for average this season or during the 42-game stretch, but he's also blasted 10 homers and put up a solid .350 OBP.
4. Andruw Jones, OF - Jones has received more playing time than expected this season due to Brett Gardner's extended absence, and though he's still only started 18 games during the streak, he's still managed to belt seven homers and drive in 16 runs while putting up a .925 OPS.
5. Nick Swisher, OF - Swisher has contributed at his expected levels during the stretch, hitting nine doubles and five homers, driving in 21 runs and walking 26 times while getting on base at a .392 clip.
Surprisingly, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez haven't done much during the 42-game stretch, which shows that this lineup can reach unbelievable heights without even having some of its top stars producing.
This streak has seemingly had the largest effect on the fantasy production of Yankees pitchers. Here are the individual statistics New York's rotation has put up during the streak.
1. CC Sabathia, LHP - Sabathia spent some time on the disabled list with a groin strain, but he still was able to go 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in six starts.
2. Ivan Nova, RHP - Nova has benefitted enormously from New York's offensive support over the last two seasons, and that has continued during this stretch. That's not to say Nova hasn't been pitching well. In nine starts since May 30, the right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA.
3. Phil Hughes, RHP - Like Nova, Hughes has been a benefactor of tremendous run support during his career, but also like Nova, he's stepped his game up this season. In eight starts during the stretch, Hughes has gone 5-2 with a 2.83 ERA.
4. Hiroki Kuroda, RHP - Kuroda was one of the worst supported pitchers earlier this season, but that's changed in a big way since New York got on this roll. In nine starts, Kuroda has gone 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA.
5. Andy Pettitte, LHP - Before he was befallen by a fractured ankle, Pettitte was the only Yankees starter who wasn't benefitting from major support from the offense. Pettitte was the opposing pitcher against Haren in the last game the Yankees scored less than three runs, and he also was just 1-1 despite recording a 2.97 ERA in five starts.
6. Freddy Garcia, RHP - When even Freddy Garcia becomes a viable fantasy starter, you know things are going well. Garcia has relieved Pettitte in New York's rotation and has gone 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts.
Due to the offensive outburst, these six starters have been able to hand over a lead to closer Rafael Soriano on a regular basis, and the right-hander has graciously accepted the responsibility of slamming the door. In 22 games since May 30, Soriano has saved 19 games with a 0.92 ERA, blowing just one save in that span.
07/19 17:02:07 ET