The Yankee offense has sputtered in June. The scoring drought has been especially difficult to endure during the recent West Coast road trip. But it shouldn't come as a surprise. This is not the Yankee offense of the mid to late 2000's. The team's OBP is currently .303. That's bad. In fact, it's 23rd in all of baseball. If I wanted to, I could end the post right there. Team's don't succeed when they make outs 70% of the time. That said, let's point some fingers at the offense's non-performers. In Sunday's game versus the Angels the Yankees had three players in the lineup with OBP's below .300: Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay and Reid Brignac. That's a third of the offense getting on base below replacement level. You can almost add Ichiro Suzuki in that mix, but his .308 OBP just makes the cut. Despite that, the bigger picture is that almost half the Yankees in any game struggle to get on base. If you struggle to get on base you'll struggle to score.
The Yankee lineup isn't all bad. Brett Gardner has a .352 OBP. Robinson Cano has a .350 OBP. Travis Haffner has a .333 OBP. Unfortunately those are the only three guys with above average rates, and those aren't stand out percentages. They're good, but they're not great. Jayson Nix and Chris Stewart deserve some praise with a .319 and a .326 OBP, respectively. That represents out-performance for two players who would normally be backups, but those guys could easily find themselves below .300 after a slump.
The Yankees have been losing because they struggle to score runs. They struggle to score runs because the team has a low OBP. It's that simple. Relief isn't coming along any time soon either. In at least a month the team may add Mark Teixiera (who was not playing well when he got injured), Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter to the lineup, but until that time the Yankees will struggle to score runs. The team slash line is .264/.303/.383. That's bad.