Red Sox fans are no doubt cringing at the photo above, which shows Nomar Garciaparra, in town for tonight’s ESPN broadcast (blacked out in both Seattle and New York) fraternizing with his former Yankee rivals, Derek Jeter and Joe Girardi.
After watching the Mariners flail away last night (and too many other days and nights to mention), I decided to check to see just how far away the Mariners are from the Yankees when it comes to offensive production.
About this far:
The Yankees, with their $200 million payroll and all-star roster, might not be a fair comparison. But they, along with the Red Sox, are the elite offense in baseball, so it’s instructive to look at the disparity between the Yankees and M’s, who for the third year in a row are bringing up the rear in the American League (and the majors, for that matter)in most offensive categories.
The Yankees, through 147 games, have scored 797 runs. That’s four fewer than the Red Sox, but a whopping 292 more than the Mariners — who have played one more game. Repeat: 292.
Here are some other comparisons:
Batting average: Yankees .266, Mariners .233
Hits: Yankees 1,328, Mariners 1,156
Total bases: Yankees 2,248, Mariners 1,719
Doubles: Yankees 240, Mariners 230
Triples: Yankees 31, Mariners 21
Home runs: Yankees 206, Mariners 97
Grand slams: Yankees 9, Mariners 2
RBIs: Yankees 774, Mariners 487
Walks: Yankees 564, Mariners 405
Strikeouts: Yankees 1,025, Mariners 1,155
Stolen bases: Yankees 134, Mariners 119
Slugging percentage: Yankees .450, Mariners .347
On-base percentage: Yankees .345, Mariners .294
OPS: Yankees .795, Mariners .641
Individually, the Yankees have four players with more than 20 homers (none of whom is Alex Rodriguez, who has 15 in an injury-plagued season), topped by Curtis Granderson with 39 and Mark Teixeira with 37. The Mariners have…none. Their only players with double-digit home runs are Miguel Olivo with 18, Justin Smoak with14, and Casper Wells with 10 (but just six of those with the Mariners).
The Mariners have two players with more than 50 RBIs — Olivo with 60, and Smoak with 50. The Yankees have three over 100 — Granderson (111), Robinson Cano (111) and Teixeira (104), not to mention Nick Swisher (80), Russell Martin (61) Derek Jeter (57) and A-Rod (56).
I could go on, but you get the picture. The Mariners have a long way to go to field a respectable offense. They have light years to go to field an elite offense.