Dearth of Runs New York Yankees’ Biggest Concern Through First Two Series

Team Hitting Paltry .242, Scored 24 Runs in First Six Games

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COMMENTARY | With the power exodus that occurred in the Bronx over the offseason, New York Yankees fans had to be wondering what sort of offensive attack the Pinstripers would be able to muster in 2013.

Throw in injuries that took away four former All-Stars from the everyday lineup and, well, the first six games of the season have been pretty much every Yankees fan's worst nightmare. The Yankees have won just two of their first six games. In the process, the team is hitting .242/.323/.399 and has scored only 24 runs. Seven of those tallies came in its win Sunday, April 7.

It gets better. With runners on base, Yankees bats are hitting just .202/.280/.337(18-for-89) through the first six contests.

I know, I know ... small sample sizes. When I scan the comments of this story later, there will be many posts about small sample sizes.

But here's the thing: The offense was a worry coming into the season. Through four games, absolutely nothing has happened to assuage those concerns.

Kevin Youkilis, for his part, has hit well early. He's 9-for-22 (.409) with four doubles and a home run. He's scored four times and driven in four runs. Eduardo Nunez was 4-for-11 with a double before he left the game Friday, April 6 in Detroit after he was hit by a pitch.

Nunez was diagnosed with a bicep bruise and did not start in either game over the weekend. He did score a run as a pinch runner Sunday, April 7.

There have also been a couple of slow starters, though. Robinson Cano is just 3-for-23 without an extra-base hit or an RBI. Ichiro Suzuki is in a 2-for-18 funk.

Let's put it this way: The Yankees have 23 RBIs. That's as a team. Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles has 17 RBIs ... all by his little lonesome.

I know, I know ... small sample sizes.

No logical thinking person believes the Yankees are going to score 648 runs this season (their current pace through four games spread out over the full 162-game schedule). No one believes the Houston Astros are going to finish the season with 1,998 strikeouts. Well, then again ...

The Yankees have one task this April and that is to stay afloat while their injured stars (Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter, for starters) work themselves back to health and back to the lineup.

But with only 24 runs in the first six games, that life raft might already be taking on some water.

Phil Watson is a freelance journalist and commentator based in upper Michigan who covers the New York Yankees for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.

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