Jason Giambi, since he’s come back from the D.L., to date this season:
Jason Giambi, since September 1st, to date this season:
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.