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May 31, 2011

Yankees Continue to Struggle in May

by @ 5:13 am. Filed under 1961 Yankees

I know 14-12 isn’t horrible, but playing above .500 ball for a team that eventually won 109 games is interesting.  That was the 1961 Yankees record in the month of May and when you put it together with their okay April, they sat 23-17.  That was good for third place in the American League behind the first place Tigers and the second place Indians.

After a horrible April, Roger Maris began to heat up.  He belted 11 home runs in the month of May to put him at 12 on the season.  His 1.032 OPS was solid but to put in perspective, this was Maris’ third best month OPS wise.  One thing that was interesting was Maris’ batting average on balls in play.  His season total was just .209 and in May it was .194.

Mickey Mantle continued to rake.  He had just seven home runs but he hit .313 and had an OPS of 1.069 for the month.  Mantle was the exact opposite and he had a batting average on balls in play of .310.

Whitey Ford continued to pitch well.  He went 3-1 in May and while his strikeout numbers weren’t great, he had a 3.27 ERA and a .587 OPS against.  He lost his last start of the month on May 29 but he then went on to win 14 straight.

June was also when the Yankees began to heat up so stay tuned.

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