• In About Three Weeks, It Should Be Go Time For Mientkiewicz

    Posted by on April 21st, 2007 · Comments (8)

    Doug Mientkiewicz is batting .128 for the Yankees this season, to date, in 43 Plate Appearances (PA). According to the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, there’s never been a Yankees non-pitcher with at least 100 PA in a season and a batting average under .130 (for the year). Here’s the list on that:

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    If it were up to me, I would give Mientkiewicz 57 more PA. And, if, after that time, he’s still batting under .130, I would release him on the spot – and ensure that his name would now be # 1 on this list of Yankees who couldn’t hit planet earth if they were dropped out of an airplane.

    Comments on In About Three Weeks, It Should Be Go Time For Mientkiewicz

    1. brockdc
      April 21st, 2007 | 9:42 pm

      And replace him with whom, exactly? Josh Phelps? Torre has no faith/trust in Phelps. I think the time to acquire an adequate first baseman would have been this past winter (though there weren’t exactly a glut of Mark Texeira clones on the market). Apparently, Cashman didn’t feel it was a pressing enough need.

      I do think Doug M. is costing this team runs – how many, exactly, I don’t know. But he shouldn’t be the scapegoat for their early struggles. Injuries and Poor starting pitching have put the 07 Yanks in a very difficult situation. Hopefully, the injury thing will work itself out. The pitching, however, might be another matter.

    2. Andrew
      April 21st, 2007 | 11:03 pm

      Well, seeing as how the injury thing has been mostly about the pitching, methinks it is too early to start judging the Yankee pitching situation just yet. Just like it was way to early to crown the Boston pitching situation, as seen in these last two games. Put them up against real opposition and they crumble.

    3. baileywalk
      April 21st, 2007 | 11:17 pm

      Minky is going nowhere. Cashman knew what he was getting with this guy.

      The other thing, as brockd points out, is that there isn’t a replacement. The closest thing the Yankees have in the minors is Eric Duncan, and he’s hurt and not hitting.

      I know this suggestion drives some people crazy, but I really think they should have explored moving Matsui to first this off-season. He has no range in left, so the move makes sense on all levels. Matsui is a hard enough worker that he would have worked his ass in the off-season and been ready (or as ready as possible).

      I’m not really sure what the Yankees have in mind for the future. At best, they’re looking at a two-year wait for Tex.

    4. April 21st, 2007 | 11:35 pm

      ~~~And replace him with whom, exactly?~~~

      If he’s going to bat .128, you can replace him with Andy Phillips. Even if Phillips bats .200, it’s still a huge improvement. Or, try Bronson Sardinha. Or, try Shelly Duncan. Heck, Carl Pavano could probably play first and bat at least .150…which, again, would be an improvement over a buck-twenty-eight.

    5. xxxdanxxx
      April 22nd, 2007 | 2:13 am

      “Just like it was way to early to crown the Boston pitching situation, as seen in these last two games. Put them up against real opposition and they crumble.”

      Crumble? What games are you watching? Schilling should have avoided arod who accounted for almost all the runs. No one has been able to solve arod. Becket started off shakey but then settled down. 4 earned runs against the best hitting team in the league is not crumbling. And the sox bullpen has been lights out.

      The sox pitching has been impressive. If dicek has a good game, they have to be pretty satisfied with the results against such a great hitting team.

    6. April 22nd, 2007 | 8:40 am

      ~~~Becket started off shakey but then settled down. 4 earned runs against the best hitting team in the league is not crumbling. ~~~

      When 1/3 of the line-up in Mientkiewicz, Wil Nieves, and Kevin Thompson, you’re not facing the “best hitting team in the league.” That’s a bunch of free outs for Beckett in this game.

    7. antone
      April 22nd, 2007 | 10:31 am

      I can’t see Matsui playing first, there’s just something odd about his coordination that makes me think he doesn’t have the smoothest footwork and I definitely can’t see him scooping up balls bouncing from the dirt. I get scared enough watching him chase fly balls haha

    8. xxxdanxxx
      April 22nd, 2007 | 4:50 pm

      “When 1/3 of the line-up in Mientkiewicz, Wil Nieves, and Kevin Thompson, you’re not facing the “best hitting team in the league.””

      Still better than most lineups, still very dangerous. Most teams would gladly take that lineup. Was it becket’s best outing? No. But crumble is too strong a word.

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