• The Melking Point?

    Posted by on June 20th, 2006 · Comments (4)

    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.

    Then on June 6th, Melky made a great play to rob Manny Ramirez of a homerun.

    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.

    Comments on The Melking Point?

    1. RICH
      June 20th, 2006 | 11:21 am

      So the ONLY two choices you believe to be credible is he’s hurt from that catch or the ‘fame’ has made him change his game?

      For what it’s worth I think his recent results are a result of him hitting more flies rather than the grounders / soft liners he seemed to hit when he was hot. I don’t know if that’s a result of a change in how he’s being pitched, a change in his methods, or maybe even how he’s always hit and we just didn’t see him in the minors.

    2. June 20th, 2006 | 11:31 am

      I doubt very much so that that catch has anything to do with his numbers right now.

      He is slumping…that’s all it comes down to. What he needs to do, is prove that he still belongs up here and get out of the slump.

      However, I very strongly advocate moving him back to the bottom of the order and return to Damon-Jeter at 1-2.

    3. JohnnyC
      June 20th, 2006 | 3:35 pm

      Ditto that Jete. I think Jeter is more valuable to the offense batting second. Sabermetric principle dictates you stack your best hitters on top…old school wisdom is that the team that scores first usually wins so first inning runs are gold. That doesn’t happen when a slumping Melky or unreliable Bernie makes the obligatory big out every first inning of a game. On Melky’s slump, didn’t Cano go through a horrific slump last season as well? Stick with Melky. Go get a RFer if you want (Sanders or Ibanez will come cheaply)but leave the kid alone.

    4. Don
      June 20th, 2006 | 6:26 pm

      Problem with Melky so far is lack of any power. So when he hits a 1-20 slump it is magnified. He is playing corner OF not 2nd base. Ten days/two weeks at the outside, unless Melky wakes-up and fast.

      The Yankees have few chits and need pitching more, but this isn’t looking good now.

      Missing persons has been alerted and are on the lookout for one Carl Pavano.

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