Tuesday night’s 6-4 loss to Oakland is further proof that if the Yankees don’t throwing a pitching gem, they have a hard time winning games. Fortunately, the club’s pitching has been outstanding this season, so the wins have kept coming despite the complete lack of offensive output. However, can they rely on a strategy of winning tight, low-scoring games for the rest of the season? If so, can they maintain their winning pace, or will the lack of offense eventually rear its ugly head in the standings?

As we said, the poor offensive display hasn’t been a problem to date, as the team has benefited from superb pitching. Between the starting rotation and the bullpen, the Yankees boast one of the best staffs in the American League:

ERA: 3.66 (4th in AL)
FIP: 3.65 (3rd in AL)
xFIP: 3.65 (2nd in AL)
WAR: 9.5 (3rd in AL)

And even though three other teams in the AL East currently possess a better run differential, the Yankees still sit in second place, only two games behind the surprising Red Sox. With Lord Pythagoras on their side (and also a great bullpen), the Yankees are 11-6 in one-run games — only Oakland has won more one-run games than New York (13).

The offense has been the polar opposite of the club’s pitching. The team formerly known as the Bombers is in the bottom tier of American League offenses:

wRC+: 89 (4th-worst in AL)
wOBA: .306 (5th-worst in AL)
OBP: .307 (4th-worst in AL)
Runs/game: 4.0 (5th-worst in AL)

So again, the question is: Can the Yankees continue to win these low-scoring affairs and count on excellent pitching to guide them through the remaining 90+ games?