Contents Under Pressure. The Orioles must not have heeded the warning because, after a prolonged slump, the Yankees’ offense finally exploded. During the four-game split in Baltimore, the Bronx Bombers scored 31 runs, more than doubling the paltry 3.5 runs averaged over the last three week’s worth of games.
Appropriately, the cherry on top of the offensive outburst occurred on Sunday, when the Yankees scored 13 runs, their second highest total of the season. The lopsided win also represented the team’s first double-digit margin of victory this season, allowing this year’s club to avoid joining the small list of Yankee teams that went an entire season without beating the opposition by 10 or more runs. In only eight seasons since 1901 has the team failed to record a double-digit margin of victory, the most recent being 1991.
Yesterday’s 13-3 victory was also the first time the Yankees scored 10 or more runs since August 10 versus the Blue Jays, giving the team nine double-digit tallies for the season. Pro rated over the final 22 games, the Bronx Bombers pace for 10 such games would pale next to last season’s total of 17 and be the lowest level since 1990.
Despite ranking second in the majors with 4.85 runs per game, the Yankees’ offense has neither been as prolific nor explosive as in the recent past. However, the Bronx Bombers still find themselves in first place with only 22 games remaining, which would make it a perfect time for the bats to get on a hot streak. Double-digit outputs and margins of victory might be asking too much, but perhaps this past weekend’s sign of life means the offense will rise to the occasion down the stretch.