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.