Some observations from this performance results data:
* We’re just about at the first quarter mark of the season and it’s clear that A-Rod and Damon have just been average performers with the bat. Of course, average is better than below average. But, given their salaries, being average means failure. Damon has been playing hurt, so, I can give him a buddy pass. As far as A-Rod, there’s no excuse, he has not been pulling his weight so far this season.
* Bernie Williams, Melky Cabrera and Bubba Crosby are not hitting like major league outfielders. Heck, Williams is not hitting like a major league pitcher. When you combine these three with the average performance of Damon, it’s a big ball of outs. I know that many say the Yankees don’t need another OF (to replace Matsui) – and that another pitcher is more important. But, these numbers beg to differ. Yes, Sheffield will be back soon – hopefully. Still, even with that, the Yankees need someone who can play LF and at least be an average performer – and, right now, they do not have that player on their roster.
* Andy Phillips, Kelly Stinnett, and Miguel Cairo should never play (all) at the same time. In fact, any two of these three should not be in the line-up at the same time. And, if Bernie, Melky and Bubba are playing, then none of the three (Phillips, Stinnett, and Cairo) should be in the line-up that day. There’s no way that the Yankees should be willing to give up that many outs a game.
* Where would this team be with Giambi, Jeter and Posada? Of the three, Posada is the one that is most amazing to me. I never saw this coming from him this season. I hope that he does not wear down – and can be a great hitter for the whole season. But, I know that Torre will burn him out. From 2001 through 2005, Posada has played in 673 games. No other A.L. catcher is within 90 games of that mark. When the weather gets warmer, it’s going to be hard for Jorge to keep up this pace.
A-Rod, please show up.
Torre & Cashman, get another OF bat and sit Bernie down.
Jorge, great job man – keep it up.
When you look at this, these three things should not be too tough to do, right?