• Damon Key To Yankees Offense

    Posted by on June 12th, 2008 · Comments (6)

    Via Baseball-Reference.com – Yankees batters OPS in wins and losses, to date, this season:

    Batter	In Wins	In Loss	Delta
    Damon	1.116	.673	.443
    Jeter	.604	.812	-.208
    Abreu	.963	.706	.257
    A-Rod	1.066	.840	.226
    Matsui	.992	.731	.261
    Giambi	1.036	.918	.118
    Posada	1.063	.610	.453
    Cano	.769	.415	.354
    Melky	.788	.614	.174
    

    Notes: Throw out the numbers for Posada. There’s not a lot of PA for him on either side. How about Jeter? He actually bats better, this season, when the Yankees lose. Now, that’s clutch. (Yes, that’s tongue in cheek.) Giambi has been a beast in both wins and losses. A-Rod is fine in both. Melky’s about the same in both – albeit not great in either.

    It’s all about Damon, Cano, Matsui and Abreu here. When some combination of those four do something at the plate, it seems like the Yankees win. The biggest boy here is Damon – when he’s on fire, the Yankees win. And, when he’s so-so, the team does not do well. Back in April, I suggested that, as goes Johnny Damon, so do the Yankees. Looks like that’s still holding true.

    Comments on Damon Key To Yankees Offense

    1. baileywalk
      June 12th, 2008 | 4:53 pm

      Don’t they basically say that about every leadoff hitter? “When Reyes goes, the Mets go.” “When Sizemore goes, the Indians go.” Etc. Hmm, I guess it makes sense that when the guy getting the most at-bats gets on base at a good clip it’s a positive.

      Anyway… the G-man. Ridiculous. But isn’t it always the same with this guy? When he’s healthy, he mashes. When he’s injured, he’s hated. People wanted to cut this guy. They wanted to give him 20+ million to go play elsewhere. I remember having this conversation right here on this site. Seriously, where would the team be if they traded Matsui, cut Giambi, and turned their backs on Mussina, all of which a lot of fans wanted?

    2. June 12th, 2008 | 6:08 pm

      ~~Seriously, where would the team be if they traded Matsui, cut Giambi, and turned their backs on Mussina, all of which a lot of fans wanted?~~

      Well considering that, at the moment, they’re tied for last WITH THEM, I guess they’d still be in last place. ;-)

    3. baileywalk
      June 12th, 2008 | 6:36 pm

      There’s a deeper basement than this, unless baseball no longer compares win-loss records anymore.

    4. June 12th, 2008 | 9:53 pm

      So when does Cano get a few ‘days off’, exactly? I know he’s not a great option, but last I checked Betemit can play 2B….

    5. Raf
      June 13th, 2008 | 10:26 am

      I know he’s not a great option, but last I checked Betemit can play 2B
      ———
      Hopefully better than he’s played 3b & 1b :)

    6. June 26th, 2008 | 4:19 pm

      [...] I’ve been saying this for a while now: When Johnny Damon swings the bat well, the Yankees [...]

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