Jason Giambi has now played 34 games since May 6th – hitting 12 homeruns and fashioning an OBA that’s bumping up against .500 in the process. That’s Bondsian, to say the least.
I still fear that other shoe when it comes to Giambi doing well. But, I also still marvel at what he’s doing now with the bat.
Coming into this game, Giambi had an OPS+ of 159 on the season. In the history of the game, since 1901, there have only been 21 batters, age 37 or older, to have a season with 230+ PA and an OPS+ of 150 or better. It’s not everyday that you see a guy the age of Jason doing what he’s doing now. I never expected it from Giambi this season.
It will be very interesting to see how the Yankees, and the free agent market as a whole, handle Giambi this winter if he ends up hitting something like 45 homeruns this season with an OPS near one.
In any event, another good start from Andy Pettitte in this game. I’m sure it’s bothersome for some non-Yankees fans to see a game like this…where a couple of formerly admitted PED users star in a Yankees win. But, right now, there’s nothing they can do about it…except whine. In the meantime, it’s another “W” for the Yankees – and they’ll take it.