• Sour Melk?

    Posted by on May 26th, 2008 · Comments (6)

    Since April 25th, Melky Cabrera has played in 27 games for the Yankees (including yesterday). He’s had 105 PA in those games and has fashioned the following BA/OBP/SLG line: .216/.269/.309

    That’s a month’s worth of pathetic performance.

    On the bright side, last season, Melky went on a tear with the bat from June through August. Maybe he’ll do the same this year? But, if he continues to struggle, like this, for another month, you then have to start and wonder if his days as a starter will be numbered in the Bronx.

    Comments on Sour Melk?

    1. sonnymooks
      May 26th, 2008 | 1:29 pm

      If he keeps playing like this, you might want to start doing a write up in advance on Brett Gardner.

      He impressed Cashman and Giradi in spring training and has been doing very well in AAA.

      He would be they guy they call up.

    2. Rich
      May 26th, 2008 | 3:06 pm

      What is his righty/lefty split over that period?

    3. JJay
      May 26th, 2008 | 3:57 pm

      Steve, you seem to be a little too dramatic quite often. Someone has a slump and immediately you think their job is in jeopardy or they should be sent down to AAA. Who is going to take Melky’s spot? Are we going to put Damon in CF? Do you think Cano and Giambi would have improved the way the have now if they had been benched or sent down? They have to work through these things.

    4. May 26th, 2008 | 5:11 pm

      ~~What is his righty/lefty split over that period?~~

      Really bad vs. LHP – but, not a ton of PA.

      JJay – a week or two is a slump. A month is something else. As far as who…sonnymooks nailed it.

      But, as I wrote, Melky was white hot last June, July, August…so, maybe he can do that again.

    5. Joel
      May 26th, 2008 | 5:34 pm

      Nah..shouldn’t have packaged him and Hughes for Santana…

      The revenge of Steve Phillips.

    6. jmeisner
      May 26th, 2008 | 5:43 pm

      I don’t think Steve is being dramatic here at all. Melky is not a good hitter, and I’m waiting for Yankeeland to recognize that fact. Last season, he hit .273/.327/.391, and people were still talking about how he’s the center fielder of the future. If he was showing signs of improvement, then I’d be willing to wait on him, but he’s not. Back in 2006 you’d see him occasionally hit the ball hard the other way, which is something that he seemingly hasn’t done all year. Worse yet, I think his speed on the basepaths and range in the outfield are completely overrated, though I can’t really back that opinion up with numbers.

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