• Joe Girardi’s Big Day At The Plate

    Posted by on February 27th, 2011 · Comments (8)

    I was just looking at some really big days at the plate by Yankees hitters since 1973. Here’s the list:

    Rk Player Date Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB ROE WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
    1 Alex Rodriguez 2005-04-26 LAA W 12-4 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 10 0 0 0.490 8.614 .660 5 3B
    2 Roy Smalley 1982-09-05 KCR W 18-7 5 4 3 2 0 0 2 6 1 2 0.347 7.509 .834 7 SS
    3 Bernie Williams 2000-06-17 CHW L 9-10 5 4 3 4 2 0 1 7 1 0 0.282 6.711 .680 4 CF
    4 Danny Tartabull 1992-09-08 BAL W 16-4 5 5 3 5 1 0 2 9 0 0 0.273 6.697 .586 4 RF
    5 Bernie Williams 1996-09-12 DET W 12-3 6 4 2 3 0 0 2 8 2 0 0.346 6.668 1.087 3 CF
    6 Paul O’Neill 1995-08-31 CAL W 11-6 5 5 4 4 0 0 3 8 0 0 0.285 6.299 .586 3 RF
    7 Cecil Fielder 1997-04-26 CHW W 10-2 5 5 1 5 2 0 1 5 0 0 0.166 6.118 .600 6 DH
    8 Gary Sheffield 2005-06-21 TBD W 20-11 6 6 3 4 0 0 2 7 0 0 0.115 6.043 .585 3 RF
    9 Graig Nettles 1976-09-29 BOS W 9-6 5 5 4 4 2 0 2 6 0 0 0.330 5.851 .664 3 3B
    10 Graig Nettles 1973-09-08 MIL W 15-1 5 4 1 2 0 0 1 6 0 0 0.198 5.793 .770 6 3B
    11 Jason Giambi 2005-08-28 KCR W 10-3 4 3 2 3 0 0 2 7 1 0 0.263 5.753 .945 5 1B
    12 Alex Rodriguez 2005-04-18 TBD W 19-8 6 6 5 5 2 0 2 6 0 0 0.180 5.622 .322 5 3B
    13 Joe Girardi 1999-08-23 TEX W 21-3 6 6 0 4 2 1 0 7 0 0 0.137 5.549 .277 9 C
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 2/27/2011.

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    How funny is it to see Joe Girardi make the cut?   And, look at all those fat games from 2005.  The Yankees scored 61 runs in those five games.  The average score in those five contests was 12-3.  Talk about padding your run totals, huh?

    Comments on Joe Girardi’s Big Day At The Plate

    1. Corey Italiano
      February 27th, 2011 | 1:10 pm

      I remember being at the 12th entry vs. Tampa. This was when Tampa SUCKED. Yanks got out to an astronomical lead, and Jaret Wright on the hill started giving it back. I remember sitting in the bleachers thinking my god, they are going to lose after scoring this many runs.

      I’m so happy to never see Jaret Wright again.

    2. satchel
      February 27th, 2011 | 2:42 pm

      “Big days” and blowouts have to be correlated in some way. First, blowouts wouldn’t be so one-sided if it weren’t for the 7 RBIs or whatever of whoever is having the crazy big day. Second, mop-up relievers and crappy relievers get more innings during blow-outs, so a player who might only have had a merely good day in a closer game is more likely to wind up having an outrageous big day when the other team starts scraping the bottom of its bullpen.

    3. Raf
      February 28th, 2011 | 11:29 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      How funny is it to see Joe Girardi make the cut?

      “One of these things is not like the others,
      One of these things just doesn’t belong,
      Can you tell which thing is not like the others
      By the time I finish my song?”

      :D

    4. GDH
      February 28th, 2011 | 12:01 pm

      No thread here on the first few spring games – Steve, maybe MJ or one of the other writers could bring back the open thread idea that worked well to keep conversation going in seasons past.

      Couple thoughts –

      I’m liking the way the competition is going all around. A good mix of young hungry guys and vets in camp. Will be interesting to see who ends up breaking camp with the team. We might not go all the way this year, but the development of some of these guys will be worth watching.

      Random – How weird is it to see Andruw Jones in the lineup today? (I don’t know why it struck me that way). I hope he can have an impact this year, but certainly not holding my breath.

      About the Red Sox taking an aggressive approach to player acquisition – they already had a killer offseason, but if they were smart they’d be figuring out a way to trade for Michael Young right now (I hope to heaven they don’t).

    5. MJ Recanati
      February 28th, 2011 | 3:53 pm

      GDH wrote:

      About the Red Sox taking an aggressive approach to player acquisition – they already had a killer offseason, but if they were smart they’d be figuring out a way to trade for Michael Young right now

      I don’t see where they’d play Young. He doesn’t hit enough to be a regular DH and Youkilis is the superior offensive and defensive player at 3B. Young wouldn’t be content as a backup SS and he’s clearly not taking over 2B since Pedroia’s there.

      I’m not sure I see a fit for Young in Boston. The White Sox probably should’ve made a run for him but that’s a different story.

      Talking about the Red Sox and player acquisition, did anyone else see the “poison pill” clause they added to Andrew Miller’s minor league contract? If the Red Sox DFA him and another team claims him off waivers, Miller gets his 2012 contract guaranteed at $3M. That effectively prevents a team like TB or KC from signing Miller on the cheap.

    6. GDH
      February 28th, 2011 | 3:59 pm

      You wouldn’t start him over Scutaro at SS? Am I missing something – I thought Young was a superior player in every way, at least a superior bat. On the other hand, maybe he’s too clean cut and decent looking to play for the Red Sox.

    7. Raf
      February 28th, 2011 | 4:36 pm

      GDH wrote:

      You wouldn’t start him over Scutaro at SS?

      Young can’t play SS, or the field in general. There’s a reason he moved around so much.

    8. MJ Recanati
      February 28th, 2011 | 5:02 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Young can’t play SS, or the field in general. There’s a reason he moved around so much.

      Exactly.

      The Red Sox could play Young at SS but it would fly in the face of their stated interest in improving their defense.

      @ GDH:
      Unless Texas is paying for Young to play in Boston, I don’t see why the Red Sox would trade minor leaguers for a guy set to earn $48M over the next three years that isn’t a good fielder and doesn’t hit well enough to play anywhere but 2B or CF at this point (and the Red Sox have no need for either right now).

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