• Finding A-Rod? Yes, Cantu.

    Posted by on May 14th, 2010 · Comments (10)

    Looking at this list, I see that Alex Rodriguez, to date this season, has the same Slugging Percentage (.440) as Ichrio, the same number of Homeruns (3) as Carl Crawford, and the same On Base Average (just about) as Martin Prado.

    Imagine…some combination of Ichiro, Crawford and Prado as your clean-up hitter.

    O.K., that’s not as bad as having Jorge Cantu as your clean-up hitter…or, maybe it is?

    Cantu has an OPS of .769 so far this season…compared to an OPS of .801 for A-Rod. And, when you factor in that Alex plays in a hitter’s park like Yankee Stadium and Cantu plays in a pitcher’s park like Sun Life Stadium, those numbers are not that far off, are they?

    Comments on Finding A-Rod? Yes, Cantu.

    1. May 14th, 2010 | 5:17 pm

      Well, two things:

      a) Yanks havent played that much @ YS, so even though he plays in a hitters park he hasnt played there much.

      b) Yanks stadium is not a hitters park, definitely for a right hander. [And many sites are debunking the launching pad nickname already. I think end of 3rd year we will know whether its a pad or death valley]

      // cant believe i am defending ARod, the opt-out king. Still cant believe Hank gave him 10/275. Who else would have even given him 10/200. That was a chance to significantly reduce his contract. Sigh

    2. jerkface
      May 14th, 2010 | 5:58 pm

      Short Stops the yankees would be better off playing over Derek Jeter using the Steve Lombardi formula:

      Jeter is at .269 .314 .407 which is terrible… so its not hard.

      Cliff Pennington
      Cristian Guzman
      Ryan Theriot
      Marco Scutaro
      Juan Uribe
      Ian Desmond
      Elvis Andrus
      Troy Tulowitzki
      Hanley Ramirez
      Alex Gonzalez
      Stephen Drew

      But lets keep comparing A-rod to Jorge Cantu

    3. JeremyM
      May 14th, 2010 | 10:35 pm

      Cantu had a big grand slam tonight. Nice work Cantu!

      How about the scorer giving the win to Joba? It’s about time that happened. Relievers that cough up the lead and get a token out should not be rewarded. Good on the scorer.

    4. Evan3457
      May 15th, 2010 | 12:31 am

      Agreed on the scorer. Usually, the vulture in this situation has to get annihilated before the scorer denies him the win. In this case, Marte failed his prime function, and deserves nothing but a blown save.

    5. May 15th, 2010 | 2:13 am

      I wonder what his OPS is after tonight’s clutch grand slam.

    6. May 15th, 2010 | 7:21 am

      Matt Guerrier has now faced A-Rod 8 times – walking him once and allowing 5 hits – FOUR OF THEM FOR HOMERUNS. Four HR in 7 ABs!

      Gardy is an idiot for allowing Guerrier to be in that spot.

    7. BOHAN
      May 15th, 2010 | 8:22 am

      jerkface wrote:

      Short Stops the yankees would be better off playing over Derek Jeter using the Steve Lombardi formula:
      Jeter is at .269 .314 .407 which is terrible… so its not hard.
      Cliff Pennington
      Cristian Guzman
      Ryan Theriot
      Marco Scutaro
      Juan Uribe
      Ian Desmond
      Elvis Andrus
      Troy Tulowitzki
      Hanley Ramirez
      Alex Gonzalez
      Stephen Drew
      But lets keep comparing A-rod to Jorge Cantu

      tulo and hanley ramirez are 2 of the best short stops in the game right now. so thats a pretty good comparison for jeter. if jeter wasnt who he is i would take tulo and hanley any day.

    8. MJ Recanati
      May 15th, 2010 | 8:38 am

      Steve, you know way too much about baseball and statistics to be making this kind of idiotic comparison. It’s so beneath you that I’ll just have to assume you’re having a little fun here. There’s no way you actually believe that looking at raw totals creates equal comparisons, right?

    9. May 15th, 2010 | 10:03 am

      @ MJ Recanati:
      I’m just surprised Steve didn’t somehow blame Cameron Diaz for this!

    10. May 15th, 2010 | 10:07 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      “Cantu has an OPS of .769 so far this season…compared to an OPS of .801 for A-Rod. And, when you factor in that Alex plays in a hitter’s park like Yankee Stadium and Cantu plays in a pitcher’s park like Sun Life Stadium, those numbers are not that far off, are they?”

      Um, shouldn’t you factor in that Rodriguez had 12 home games until last night, as opposed to 22 road games this year? Pretty big omission, if you ask me.

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