• Lupica On Yankees Losers

    Posted by on June 26th, 2007 · Comments (3)

    Mike Lupica goes after select members of the Yankees:

    Abreu, until he does pick things up, is the worst contract the Yankees have this side of Giambi’s. Once Abreu was a 30-home run and 100-RBI guy in Philadelphia. Now he is a big Yankee who goes to the plate looking for a walk. Now he has gone from a 30-home run guy to one who has a grand total of four right now in New York. At $16 million a year.

    Matsui? He has not looked like the same hitter since he came back from his wrist injury. The guy known as Godzilla when the Yankees got him from Japan has eight home runs in 60 games and 11 home runs in his last 79 since coming off the disabled list last September.

    Damon is a center fielder for whom the Yankees paid $52 million to get away from the Red Sox. Now he is more brittle than a swizzle stick and plays at half speed half the time and isn’t even the center fielder anymore and looks older than Clemens.

    Mussina is 3-5 and has Randy Johnson’s old Yankee earned run average, which means five a game. Cano is still a kid. It is still fair to say that we may have been a little premature clearing space for him in Cooperstown, or Monument Park, especially now that he is hitting 68 points less than he did last year.

    You can put Kyle Farnsworth, wildly expensive setup man, nearly $6 million a year, on this list, too. If Farnsworth is still the eighth inning after the trade deadline, it means Brian Cashman couldn’t get Eric Gagne out of Texas.

    Matsui, due to past performance and his personality, gets a pass from most Yankees fans. Actually, if you check the stats, via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia (min 10 PA), you’ll see that Matsui (in RCAA) has been a league average batter so far this year:

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    The Yankees offensive issues, on the whole, have been Abreu, Cano, Damon, and Melky this season – more so than Abreu, Cano, Damon, and Matsui – along with Mientkiewicz and Phelps.

    Still, Lupica does have a point in that Matsui seems to be about 80% of the batter now that he used to be – before he got hurt.

    So, if you look at Matsui, Damon, Melky, and Abreu – in terms of the “Yankees OF Unit” and Giambi, Cairo, Mientkiewicz and Phelps as the “Yankees 1B/DH Unit,” you can see that the Yankees are getting little offense from the three areas (1B, DH, OF) where most teams have their big boppers. Throw in a slumping Cano and the picture gets worse.

    Basically, the Yankees offense has been just Jeter, A-Rod and Posada this year. If teams are smart, they give these three nothing to hit – until the other guys start to show that you need to fear them too.

    Comments on Lupica On Yankees Losers

    1. dereksTeam
      June 26th, 2007 | 11:13 am

      Lupica hates the Yankees and is a grade D baseball observer. I don’t see why you would give him space on your blog, except that you function as a negativity wand for pinstripes.

      His Matsui choice was poor as you indicate, but why offer up Melky? Since May 30th (last day of the Blue Jays series when the run for first became official) Melky has hit 26 for 83 or .313 and played a defensive centerfield that places him tops in the majors.

      I’ve been thinking that our bridge to Mariano problem could basically be over by placing Phil Hughes in the pen when he returns. He’s not going to be able to go as a full time starter right off the bat anyway. That should allow us to deep six Farnsworth and his puerile displays of temper.

      Part of the problem with youth is inconsistancy, so one needs patience with players like Cano and Melky, both of whom have demonstrated that they could be the Williams/Jeter of the Yankee future. Those who would suggest they should be dealt for a couple bad months deserve to be Pittsburgh Pirates fan (as the Chinese commenter pointed out before).

      It is NOT over. Give me another hot streak before the all star game with Damon back in the lineup, particularly at the expense of the A’s and the Angels. With a new relief horse in the bullpen after the all star break to combine with something like a Mr. Hughes solution, God will reveal the truth of a SAWKS 11 1/2 game lead.

    2. Jen
      June 26th, 2007 | 12:10 pm

      //Now he is a big Yankee who goes to the plate looking for a walk.//

      Isn’t that what Abreu is known for, his walks? And it’s when he’s not walking that things aren’t going well for him? And since when does hitting 30 home runs twice in your career make you a 30-home run guy?

      I’m not absolving Bobby of his bouts of suckiness this year. I just find Lupica to be sloppy in his writing at times which kind of kills whatever point he’s trying to make to me.

    3. baileywalk
      June 26th, 2007 | 1:53 pm

      Why would any Yankee fan or even baseball fan read Lupica? No one is more naked in their hate for the Yankees. He goes way over the top, too. It’s basically a parody at this point.

      I agree with dereksTeam that you shouldn’t give him space on your blog, but we definitely disagree about Hughes. Under no circumstances should the Yankees use Hughes in the bullpen. He’s looked at as a future ace, so there’s no reason to put him in an unfamiliar and potentially injurious situation. Working out the bullpen is actually more stressful on your arm than starting.

      The guy right now coming back from injury who might find himself in the bullpen is Steven White. Also, it would make more sense to use Britton and Ramirez before you use Hughes. T.J. Beam is finally throwing again, and if Ohlendorf (also just back from injury) can throw strikes again, I suppose he could be used out of the ‘pen, too. And don’t look now, but former reliever stud prospect Jesse Hoover is pitching again.

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