by Paul Semendinger
May 16, 2022
(I'm not a big comic book fan, but for those who don't know, Bizarro Superman, who first appeared in 1958, is sort of the opposite of Superman. This is sort of a Bizarro Perspectives.)
One only need to look across town to see that the Mets' manager is much more successful than the Yankees' manager in 2022. Buck's Mets have won 23 games. The Mets are on pace to win 104 games. When was the last time the Yankees ever won 100 games in a season?
Aaron Judge is on pace to hit only 57 home runs this year. Yeah, big deal. It's been 61 years since Roger Maris hit 61 homers.
I'm tired of all this Bronx Bombers stuff with the Yankees, as a franchise, going more than half a century without a player setting a MLB season home run mark, or even a league one. It's just outrageous.
Over the last 95 seasons, the "mighty" Yankees have had a player hit over 60 home runs in a season ONLY twice.
And don't start saying anything about the team's great history. The Yankees haven't has a player who played more than a season with the club elected to the Hall of Fame since 2020.
That player, Derek Jeter, didn't even get 100% of the votes. The Yankees, as a franchise, have to do better.
Back to home runs. The Yankees, as a team, are on pace to hit 229 home runs this year. The Yankees haven't set a season home run record as a team since 2019.
Clay Holmes is on pace to win 19 games for the season. Gerrit Cole, the Big Ace, is on pace to win only 14. What does that say about a team when the ace starting pitcher can't even win as many games as a middle relief pitcher?
Cole is also on pace to throw about 180 innings. It has been 118 years since Jack Chesbro threw 454.2 innings in a season. This "load management" stuff is killing the team. Killing the team. It will take Cole more than two and a half full seasons to match Chesbro's innings for just one season.
In 1968, Bob Gibson had an ERA of 1.12. People keep saying how great Nestor Cortes is doing. His ERA for 2022 right now is 1.35. I get tired of the Yankees and their fans saying how great a guy is when his ERA is so much higher than a guy who could really pitch. No one would trade Bob Gibson for Nestor Cortes. It's just not happening.
As a team, the 2022 Yankees are on pace to win 119 games. Give me a break. 119? That's a .735 winning percentage. This is a team that cannot, consistently, win three out of every four games.
Think of it this way, out of every four games, it's very likely that the Yankees are going to lose one of them. In some weeks that averages out to two loses. Two games lost in a week. All season long.
Anthony Rizzo lead the team in games played. He is on pace to play in 147 games this year. Lou Gehrig used to play in 154 every year. EVERY YEAR.
It's clear that this team is just not where it should be. At all.
I hope they do better - and soon. There are only four and a half months left in the season.