Here are the Yankees batting stats, this post-season, for the ALDS and ALCS, combined:
|1||Brett Gardner||3||Ind. Games||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
|2||Eric Chavez||4||Ind. Games||11||11||0||0||0||0||6||.000||.000||.000|
|3||Robinson Cano||7||Ind. Games||33||32||2||0||4||1||4||.063||.091||.125|
|4||Alex Rodriguez||6||Ind. Games||25||23||3||0||0||2||12||.130||.200||.130|
|5||Nick Swisher||7||Ind. Games||30||26||4||0||1||3||8||.154||.233||.192|
|6||Curtis Granderson||7||Ind. Games||29||26||3||1||1||3||14||.115||.207||.231|
|7||Russell Martin||7||Ind. Games||29||26||5||1||1||3||4||.192||.276||.346|
|8||Mark Teixeira||7||Ind. Games||32||25||8||0||1||7||2||.320||.469||.360|
|9||Eduardo Nunez||3||Ind. Games||5||5||1||0||0||0||0||.200||.200||.400|
|10||Ichiro Suzuki||7||Ind. Games||35||33||9||1||5||1||3||.273||.294||.424|
|11||Jayson Nix||4||Ind. Games||7||7||2||0||0||0||1||.286||.286||.429|
|12||Derek Jeter||6||Ind. Games||30||27||9||0||2||2||10||.333||.379||.444|
|13||Raul Ibanez||6||Ind. Games||20||16||7||3||5||4||3||.438||.550||1.063|
It is truly amazing how much Cano, A-Rod, Swisher, Granderson and Martin have been terrible this post-season. And, now that Jeter is out, it only leaves Teixeira, Ichiro and Ibanez as the sole guys who have provided some support this October in the line-up.
Could you imagine what would be happening now if George Steinbrenner were still alive and in his prime? Kevin Long would have been reassigned to the instructional league during the playoffs.
I suppose that Martin is not a total shock. For most of the season, he was a joke at the plate. But, it’s almost impossible to be as bad as Cano, A-Rod, Swisher and Granderson have been this post-season. Look at their numbers. Give CC Sabathia a stick and send him to the plate and he could probably do better than the numbers those four have produced so far.
Then again, maybe we should not be shocked with the others as well?
Seriously, A-Rod’s been in a decline for a while now and it has really accelerated this year. Plus, outside of 2009 – where he had help from the Canadian Dr. Feel Good and the benefit of facing the Twins and Angels who never get him out – he’s always been a bust for the Yankees in the post-season. So, this should not be a surprise.
And, Granderson, this season, like he was doing in Detroit before he came to New York, turned into Dave Kingman at the plate. Sure, he can crush a mistake fastball. But, his swing has more holes to exploit than the Bunny Ranch and these post-season pitchers are having an orgy facing him.
Swisher? Check the career post-season stats on ‘Lish, The Red Light Clown:
|6 Yrs (11 Series)||45||177||4||7||24||44||.167||.284||.300|
Swisher just may be the worst hitter (with a minimum of 100 PA) in post-season history. Therefore, what he’s doing now is what he always does in October: Choke.
And, that leaves Cano. How a guy can hit six-fifteen in his last 9 games of the season, and then set a major league post-season record for going hitless in 26 straight at-bats, the next minute is beyond reason. Unless, of course, Cano is the new A-Rod for the Yankees. And, then, naturally, it makes sense.
For Yankees fans, the good news is that Swisher should soon be gone and Granderson will not be far behind him. And, for all we know, Cano may leave New York once he becomes a Free Agent. But, Brian Cashman is the G.M. who brought in Swisher and Granderson. So, as long as he’s still in charge, their replacements may be more of the same. And, A-Rod’s not going anywhere, most likely, because of his contract. (Unless, like he did in Texas, Rodriguez brokers his own deal out of town.)
Then again, maybe the Yankees will turn this all around this post-season and make all this lamenting seem silly? Just don’t bet the house on it. Because, if that happens, then that will be truly shocking.