Thanks to the Baseball Musings Day by Day Database, we can slice and dice baseball stats to see things behind the overall numbers.
Melky Cabrera, in his first 25 games with the Yankees this season, batted .286 with an On-Base Average of .375. This was over the course of 91 ABs. His Slugging Percentage was low during this time (.352) – but, he was getting on base enough, and making plays on the bases and in the field, to offset the lack of power.
Since that great play, Melky Cabrera’s bat has disappeared. In the 11 games since June 6th, Cabrera is batting .150 with an On-Base Average of .292 (in 40 ABs). His Slugging Percentage during this time is just .225.
Either Melky hurt himself making that play on June 6th or the fame that’s come with that catch has taken him away from what was helping him do well in his first 25 games this year.
Oh, and, by the way, the Yankees have lost 8 of those 11 games since June 6th.
Sure, it’s only 40 ABs where he’s been slumping. That’s a small sample size. And, hopefully, Cabrera will start playing better soon.
But, if Melky continues down this current road that he’s on, well, then the Yankees are going to need to address the situation (in some way). Cabrera probably knows this as well. It will be a good test for the kid.