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The cold, hard numbers behind the Yankees' cold offense

Curtis Granderson strikes out during the sixth inning

Curtis Granderson strikes out during the sixth inning of Game 1 of the ALCS. (Oct. 13, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

You don't need a set of numbers to know that this Yankees offense is under-producing.

Watching Curtis Granderson swinging and missing at a breaking ball in the dirt, Nick Swisher feebly popping out or Alex Rodriguez confined to the bench could tell you that.

But the scary thing isn't even so much that the Yankees aren't hitting. It's that they aren't hitting with any authority.

The Yankees enter Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday with a .200 team average (58-290). That's by far the worst since they won the World Series in 2009. That season they batted .256 in the playoffs. In 2010 it was .241 and last year—against Detroit—it was .260.

And then there's this: only 6.5 percent of the Yankees at-bats have resulted in an extra-base hit this postseason. That's also a low since their most recent title run: 2009 (8.6 percent), 2010 (9.8 percent), 2011 (8 percent).

The Yankees have been held to two extra-base hits or less in five of eight games this postseason. They only did that four times in 15 playoff games in 2009, and they only did it once (the Cliff Lee game) in nine 2010 postseason games. They were held to two extra-base hits or less three times in the five-game ALDS against Detroit in 2011.

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