• Giambi & A-Rod Failing Since June 6th

    Posted by on June 28th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    From the Star Ledger:

    Since scoring 13 runs against Boston on June 15, the Yankees have scored 77 runs in 19 games (an average of 4.1) and been held to two runs or fewer eight times.

    There’s an error in this statement. The Yankees have played 11 games since June 15th – not 19 games. I think they mean “June 5th” and not “June 15th.”

    So, let’s check the stats since June 6th:


    There’s your answer (as to “Why are they not scoring?”). It’s the following: Giambi’s playing “all or nothing.” And, A-Rod, well, what more can you say?

    Sure, you could also finger Cairo, Bubba and Melky. Or, Torre for playing them. But, if A-Rod and Giambi would produce to the level that their salary suggests that they should, well, then you can carry some “good glove, weak stick” guys.

    What I find interesting about this list is the split. All the guys in green, who are doing well, are home-grown sans Damon. And, in the other color, meaning the guys not doing well, are all imports sans Melky.

    This split may mean nothing – after all, it’s just a 19 game sample. Still, it’s interesting.

    Comments on Giambi & A-Rod Failing Since June 6th

    1. rbj
      June 28th, 2006 | 11:48 am

      If Matsui & Shef were healthy, the Yanks could carry the slumps A-Rod & Jason are in. I hope the latter two come out of their slumps soon.

    2. MJ
      June 28th, 2006 | 12:35 pm

      Not only is that something everone seems to have forgotten – that two of our best hitters have been out of action since early May – but it’s clearly having an impact on the ballclub.

      Also, I’d like to point out that while it might be naive to say so, I’ve never correlated salary and expected performance. The boo-birds that hate ARod because he’s earning X dollars per game/inning/cup-adjustment are entitled to their opinion but in my view, what someone gets paid has nothing to do with the discussion. Hell, Jeter’s making almost as much as ARod (in fact more, if you consider what Texas is picking up) and when he goes through slumps or makes lousy errors, no one says a peep. Moose might earn $19M next year if they pick up his option. Does that mean that it’s Cy Young or bust for him?

    3. June 28th, 2006 | 12:49 pm

      If the Yankees pay Moose $19 mill next year, yeah, I would expect him to pay back with 210 IP and an ERA near three.

    4. MJ
      June 28th, 2006 | 2:44 pm

      Steve, all I’ll say is don’t hold your breath waiting for those stats…

    5. brockdc
      June 29th, 2006 | 1:16 pm

      Players sign massive contracts and then fans expect them to “live up to” them, which is pure lunacy. No human being alive can possibly “live up to” a 100 million dollar contract.

      An astronomical salary doesn’t automatically make a player better; it just makes him richer.

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