• Without Them, You’d Have Passed Balls

    Posted by on May 18th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    Have the Yankees ever had a dynasty run without a home-grown All-Star caliber catcher?

    In any event, Russell Martin is trending towards Girardi or Molina territory with the bat this season.

    Rk Player OPS+ AB PA Year Age Tm G R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    5 Jose Molina 51 268 297 2008 33 NYY 100 32 58 17 3 18 12 52 .216 .263 .313
    6 Joe Girardi 60 209 229 1999 34 NYY 65 23 50 16 2 27 10 26 .239 .271 .354
    8 Russell Martin 67 96 118 2012 29 NYY 33 10 16 3 3 9 18 23 .167 .322 .292
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 5/18/2012.

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    Can the Yankees afford that?

    Comments on Without Them, You’d Have Passed Balls

    1. MJ Recanati
      May 18th, 2012 | 5:17 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Have the Yankees ever had a dynasty run without a home-grown All-Star caliber catcher?

      In any event, Russell Martin is trending towards Girardi or Molina territory with the bat this season.

      Can the Yankees afford that?

      Joe Girardi wasn’t homegrown, right? But he won three rings from 1996-1999 with the Dynasty Yankees of that era.

      Martin is suffering from an ungodly low BABIP right now. Granted, we don’t know much about the effects of a low BABIP at only 118 PA (usually need around 500 PA to know what’s going on) but even with the small sample size we can see that his swings are resulting in weak contact (career high GB%, career low LD%) and lousy luck (.186 BABIP). His BB% (15.3%) and K% (19.5%) are also at career hights right now but the BB/K ratio is in line with the rest of his career so nothing noteworthy about this.

      Can the Yankees afford it? Not if the rest of the lineup is also sucking it up. There’s no harm in having a .292 wOBA at the bottom of the lineup. The problem is having too many guys with woeful wOBA’s in the same lineup.

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