• Where’s Morgan Ensberg, Andy Phillips, Craig Wilson, Josh Phelps, Austin Kearns, Richie Sexson & Xavier Nady When You Need Them?

    Posted by on July 29th, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Via Deadspin: The Yankees Are The Worst Right-Handed Hitting Team Ever.

    Seriously, since Cashman took total control of the Yankees, A-Rod and Jeter have been the only right-handed batters on the team worth their weight in anything.

    Kevin Youkilis, Andruw Jones, Marcus Thames, Vernon Wells and anyone else that Cashman has acquired has not been a plus from right-handed batters box.  Yet, no one wants to bring that up, I guess?

    Comments on Where’s Morgan Ensberg, Andy Phillips, Craig Wilson, Josh Phelps, Austin Kearns, Richie Sexson & Xavier Nady When You Need Them?

    1. MJ Recanati
      July 29th, 2013 | 3:23 pm

      Gary Sheffield doesn’t count? Switch hitters like Bernie/Posada don’t count either?

      Keep in mind that the Yankees would be foolish to over-invest in righties when they play in a park so well-suited to lefty power.

      Greater balance than what they have this year is one thing, but to argue that the Yankees have been poorly run because they didn’t have more than Jeter/A-Rod as righty mainstays in the lineup is just more of the usual red herring foolishness.

    2. Evan3457
      July 29th, 2013 | 3:28 pm

      Swisher hit quite well from the right side in his four years with the team: .284/.407/.450.

      Thames hit very well in 2010, I don’t know where the conclusion that he wasn’t a plus for them comes from.

      Jones hit well for them in 2011, and was awful last year. Overall, though: OPS+ was 106 for 2011 and 2012 combined.

      Youkillis got hurt. Wells is what we thought he would be.

    3. MJ Recanati
      July 29th, 2013 | 3:34 pm

      Bears mentioning that, prior to this year, the Yankees have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the majors on an annual basis. Morgan Ensberg, Andy Phillips, Craig Wilson, Josh Phelps, Austin Kearns, Richie Sexson and Xavier Nady aside, it obviously didn’t hurt the Yankees at all that they were a lefty-oriented lineup.

    4. July 29th, 2013 | 3:37 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Gary Sheffield doesn’t count? Switch hitters like Bernie/Posada don’t count either?

      Big Stein signed Sheff on his own. That was before Cashman.
      Bernie and Posada were raised before Cashman took sole control too.

    5. MJ Recanati
      July 29th, 2013 | 3:50 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Big Stein signed Sheff on his own. That was before Cashman.
      Bernie and Posada were raised before Cashman took sole control too.

      Meh…as I said above, the Yankees offense led the majors in runs scored more often than not even after 2005/2006 so, again, this is just red herring nonsense on your part.

    6. KPOcala
      July 29th, 2013 | 5:37 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      MJ, I’m with you here. What is hard to understand for me, is that acquiring right-handed bats should be the “Easiest” thing in baseball to acquire. This year is an aberration, but hell roughly 90% of the population is right-handed, and I’d imagine that baseball must be pretty close. Go figure…

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