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The Yankees' Team Leaders and Who Will Lead Them to Playoff Victory

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W: Sabathia (21) BA Cano (.319)
IP: Sabathia (237.2) OBP Gardner (.383)
SV: Rivera (33) SLG Cano (.534)
WHIP: Rivera (0.83) HR Teixeira (33)
K/9: Wood (10.73) RBI Rodriguez (125)
BB/9: Rivera (1.65) OPS+ Cano (142)
BB/K: Moseley(1.22) wRC Cano (118.2)
xFIP Chamberlain (3.34) WAR Cano (6.4)

 

A leaderboard alone doesn't give a good sense of how impressive the Yankees are, so let's delve into a few hotspots:

I'm trying to find a link to where it was said, but I've heard that the stats that correlate most closely with playoff success are K/9 and WHIP.

Do you realize that the Yankees are carrying 3 relievers who boast better than strikeout per inning and Mariano Rivera? (D-Rob, Wood and Joba).

While the relievers tend to post the absurdly low WHIPs, all 3 of the Yankees' ALDS starters are sporting better than average WHIPs: CC 1.19, Hughes 1.25, Pettitte 1.27.

On the offensive side, if you picked Gritty Gutty Brett Gardner to wear the team OBP crown in the preseason, step forward now.

Using Fangraphs' wRC puts Gardner's bat as the 6th most productive on the team (Cano Tex, Swish, Arod, Jeter), when you credit him for his stellar defense using WAR, he is the second most valuable offensive player on the team.  It's actually not even close: Cano 6.4, Garder 5.4, Swisher 4.2, Arod 3.9, Granderson 3.9, Tex, 3.5, Jeter 2.4, Posada 2.4.

While Tex lead the team with 33 homers, he trailed Cano, Swish, Arod and Marcus Thames in slugging percentage.  It's important for someone to get to second base before he bats so that the shift can't go on: Tex hit .273/.438/.526 with a runner in scoring position (the other team can't afford to shift as much), but only .234/.319/.434 with the bases empty.