In 2002, Jason Giambi put up one of the best seasons by a Yankees LH-batter since 1937. And, in the post-season that year, Giambi was just as good in the ALDS – if not better.
But, since 2002, Giambi has been a disappointment for the Yankees in some key spots – mostly because of his health and his inability to play in games.
In 2003, it was the famous “barking” knee. In 2004, it was a tumor on his pituitary gland.
By my rough estimations, the knee in 2003 cost Giambi 6 At Bats over the 6 games in the 2003 World Series. And, in 2004, Giambi did not play at all during the ALCS.
Last year, it looked like Giambi beat this trend – he was good for most of the season and very good in the ALDS.
But, now, for the last month, this season, it’s been his wrist (that’s the health concern). While he says it’s now 100%, the production is not there.
Will this carry into the post-season like it did in 2003 and 2004?
This is not about Giambi being a choker. In fact, in 36 career post-season games, Jason’s OBA is .432 and his SLG% is .496. When he plays, he produces. More so, this is about Giambi’s ability to stay away from injury when the team needs him the most.
Right now, based on his history in New York, it appears to be a 50-50 deal in terms of being able to count on him to be ready to play.