July 20, 2006
Batter The Jays
Here is how the Yankees have been batting, so far, this month - via Baseball Musings Day By Day Database:
The numbers tell us that (what is now) the Yankees top of the order is laying down the heavy lumber these days: Damon, Melky, Jeter and A-Rod.
Over the next four games in Toronto, these four need to continue their great pace this month - because Halladay, Burnett, and Lilly will be pitching three of these games for the Blue Jays.
Of course, if Giambi or Posada wants to go on a four-day explosion, that would be welcome as well.
The Yankees have a chance to knock Toronto far off their tail this weekend. It would be a shame if they did not take advantage of this spot.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 20, 2006 11:06 AM
Do my eyes deceive me or is ARod pulling in a nearly 1.000 OPS this month? Can it be, GASP!, that he's really not such a bad player after all and that trading him might be a bit premature. ESPN certainly doesn't agree with me and, after all, Steve Phillips and John Kruk are the idiot savants of all things baseball...
I think some may point to the game situations in which that 1.000 OPS was built.
I don't know the answer. But, many could just assume that it's in no pressure situations.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at July 20, 2006 12:10 PM
I just looked.
Anyone who would say that would be wrong:
A-Rod's been hitting in July - in *all* game situations.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at July 20, 2006 12:19 PM
No one in the league thinks A-Rod can get a big hit. I'm not saying this is true -- but that's the perception league-wide. Teams are now walking Giambi to get to A-Rod. Even when Giambi was red-hot last year, you would NEVER see this. Giambi has as many flaws in his swing as A-Rod (if I was a pitcher, I'd throw Giambi nothing but fastballs away, since he murders anything soft and tries to pull everything), but they seem to feel that A-Rod presses so much he won't ever be able to hit in a pressure situation. The frustrating thing is that people embarrass A-Rod by putting him on the spot, and yet it doesn't fuel him to do great things. He seems to still fail in the moment anyway.