According to David Pinto’s stats:
Off the top of my head, it looks like Damon will save the Yankees 30 to 35 outs versus having Bernie in center for the full season.
Hmmmm. The Yankees allowed about 4.9 runs per game last year. Let’s say that 35 outs equals 1.3 shutouts – on, in the case of last year’s Yankees defense, about 6 runs over the course of the season.
Doesn’t sound like much, right?
Well, if you assume that they Yankees score this year like they did last year, and start playing around with the Pythagorean theorem application, yeah, it only comes down to maybe something like one extra win in 2006 (with Damon out there).
(And, this is very rough math here – I’m sure there’s a smarter way to figure out what 35 more outs means.)
But, hey, sometimes one win is the difference between making the post-season or not. So, if it’s there for the taking – why not go for it?