• Is It Too Late To Disable Giambi?

    Posted by on September 28th, 2007 · Comments (10)

    Jason Giambi, since he’s come back from the D.L., to date this season:

    Games: 34
    PA: 103
    BB: 11
    SO: 26
    RBI-HR: 6
    BA/OBA/SLG: .202/.311/.461

    Jason Giambi, since September 1st, to date this season:

    Games: 17
    PA: 52
    BB: 10
    SO: 13
    RBI-HR: 5
    BA/OBA/SLG: .154/.365/.333

    Looking at these numbers, it’s clear that Giambi only has one thing left to offer, offensively, at this point in the season: His ability to draw walks. Outside of that, he’s terrible and hurts the team when he’s in the line-up.

    Further, this season, to date, Giambi has only 4 BB in 70 PA against left-handed pitching. This tells you that his one remaining skill this season, to draw walks, only works when facing a right-handed pitcher.

    In the end, Jason Giambi is not a good baserunner or a fielder – he’s so bad that you would lift him, late, in those spots during a close game. And, in terms of a being a hitter, the only thing he offers now is the ability to work a right-handed pitcher for a walk.

    Is there really room on the Yankees post-season roster for a player, like Giambi, who offers you this little and who could hurt you in so many more ways?

    Daniel Cabrera hit Jason Giambi with a pitch on September 17th. Giambi missed two games after that. Since then, he’s had two singles, a walk, and five strikeouts in 13 Plate Appearances.

    Maybe it’s time for the Yankees to say that HBP is reason enough to put him on the D.L. for October and give his roster spot to someone who can actually help the team in the post-season?

    The numbers suggest that the Yankees should at least consider the notion.

    Comments on Is It Too Late To Disable Giambi?

    1. antone
      September 28th, 2007 | 9:36 am

      I wouldn’t mind having Giambi off the bench as a POSSIBLE left handed power source, but I think there is no way he should be starting in the playoffs.

      When he DH’s that means Matsui is in left and his range out there is suspect at best, as much as I don’t like Damon, he does cover alot of ground out there.

      If Giambi plays first then we know thats just a disaster waiting to happen with both his fielding and throwing. Since he is not hitting at all, I think he should stay on the bench since his value is probably nothing.

      Best case scenerio he pinch hits with the bases loaded and draws a walk like Wade Boggs did in ’96 !

    2. Andrew
      September 28th, 2007 | 9:40 am

      Giambi off the postseason roster? And replace him with who, Alberto Gonzalez? Edwar Ramirez? Yeah, those guys are real assets.

      Giambi is a great power option off the bench who has the ability (yes, still) to drive a ball out of the park. No, you don’t start him, but to leave him off entirely? Why even consider the notion?

    3. September 28th, 2007 | 10:13 am

      ~~~Giambi off the postseason roster? And replace him with who, Alberto Gonzalez? Edwar Ramirez? Yeah, those guys are real assets.~~~

      How about Bronson Kiheimahanaomauiakeo Sardinha – who can PR or play late inning defense for Abreu or Matsui, late, in a close game?

      Look, I’m not saying the Yankees have a lot of options here. But, if a guy can only help you in one way, and that way is to get a walk off a RH-pitcher, then I’d rather have a guy on the bench who can help you in other ways, like a Dave Roberts, via a SB or late inning defense, that could be the difference between winning and losing a game.

    4. Andrew
      September 28th, 2007 | 10:19 am

      “then I’d rather have a guy on the bench who can help you in other ways, like a Dave Roberts, via a SB or late inning defense, that could be the difference between winning and losing a game.”

      And you think the chances that Bronson Sardinha makes a game-changing play are better than Giambi jacking a few or getting on base? Besides, Sardinha could be on the roster anyway, if the Yankees decide not to be stupid and go with a 10-man pitching staff.

    5. The Scout
      September 28th, 2007 | 10:43 am

      If the Yankees are in a situation in which they need Giambi to win a game, then they’re in trouble! Truth is, Torre does little pinch-hitting. The Yankee line-up tilts so heavily to left-handed hitters that opposing teams are likely to use LH relief pitchers anyway. Hard to see much opportunity to use Giambi in any event. With uncertainty over Clemens’s health, I think I’d go with an extra arm.

    6. September 28th, 2007 | 10:58 am

      ~~~And you think the chances that Bronson Sardinha makes a game-changing play are better than Giambi jacking a few or getting on base? ~~~

      Here are the results of Giambi’s last 38 PA:

      Walk
      Flyball: LF
      Home Run (Fly Ball to LF)
      Strikeout Swinging
      Strikeout Looking
      Hit By Pitch
      Strikeout Looking
      Walk
      Walk
      Strikeout Swinging
      Home Run (Fly Ball to RF)
      Strikeout Swinging
      Flyball: RF
      Strikeout Looking
      Hit By Pitch
      Single to LF (Fly Ball)
      Hit By Pitch
      Walk
      Walk
      Flyball: LF
      Walk
      Strikeout Looking
      Single to LF (Line Drive)
      Groundout: 2B-1B
      Popfly: 3B
      Strikeout Swinging
      Strikeout Swinging
      Strikeout Swinging
      Flyball: LF
      Flyball: CF
      Intentional Walk
      Groundout: SS-1B
      Strikeout Swinging
      Single to CF (Ground Ball)
      Strikeout Looking
      Strikeout Swinging
      Foul Popfly: 2B (1B Foul)
      Groundout: SS-1B

      Does that look like the results of a guy who’s going to jack a few in the post-season?

    7. Andrew
      September 28th, 2007 | 1:30 pm

      Even if he doesn’t, his OBP is .360 in September. He retains the ability to lengthen at-bats and make pitchers work. He is much, much more valuable than Bronson Sardinha. And besides, Matsui will be the DH most likely, while Damon is in LF (who, by the way, has played it more than adequately). And Bobby is still an adequate right fielder with a good arm. Why would you replace him defensively? It’s not like Sardinha is some defensive whiz or anything.

    8. September 28th, 2007 | 2:22 pm

      ~~~And Bobby is still an adequate right fielder with a good arm.~~~

      Now I know you’re jerking my chain. Bobby Abreu plays the outfield like a pregnant camel trying to walk across a frozen lake.

    9. baileywalk
      September 28th, 2007 | 3:59 pm

      Steve, how many times have you seen Sardinha play right field? How do you even know he’s better than Bobby? Anyway, Torre isn’t going to replace Bobby in the field so that argument is pretty much moot.

      Giambi is going to make the post-season roster because of who he is. Should he? Well, probably not (and I say that as a fan). He doesn’t seem totally healthy and his swing is just AWFUL right now. He’ll probably only be used as a pinch hitter. And if that’s the case, why not? He had a big pinch hit in Boston. Maybe he’ll have another one in him in the playoffs.

    10. redbug
      September 28th, 2007 | 4:26 pm

      like a pregnant camel trying to walk across a frozen lake.
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      my new favorite expression!
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      In the end, Jason Giambi is not a good baserunner or a fielder – he’s so bad that you would lift him, late, in those spots during a close game
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      Yeah, but what Joe has been doing is just the opposite. He’s pinch hitting Giambi for Minky. then putting Giambi at 1st. It makes me cringe.

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