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August 22, 2006

Who Did What In Boston

Stats via Baseball Musings Day By Day Database. How the Yankees players just did up in the Fenway series:

The Hitters:


The Pitchers:


Lidle, Wang and Proctor stand out among the pitchers. And, Giambi, Damon, Posada, Abreu, and Cano stand out among the hitters. But, also, don't forget about the two big hits from Jeter in this series as well.

Still, if I had to pick one player who had the biggest impact for the Yankees in this series, I would say that it was Damon, no, wait, Proctor. Or, maybe Giambi, or Abreu..........man, this is hard.

Maybe we can use WPA to tell us the answer? Via FanGraphs.com, here's the key Yankees pitchers and batters for each of the games in the Fenway series.

Friday's Day Game: Proctor & Damon
Friday Night's Game: Proctor & Jeter
Saturday's Game: No Pitcher, but Cano & Damon as batters
Sunday's Game: Rivera & Giambi
Monday's Game: Lidle & Abreu

So, that's two "votes" for Proctor and Damon each. They were, most likely, the two key players for the Yankees in this series.

And, since I can't pick one over the other, in terms of being the "MVP" for the Yankees in this showdown, I'll call them "co-MVPs" for the series. They both stepped up for the Yankees this weekend and served as leaders for the team.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 22, 2006 10:04 AM


How about Melky scoring 7 and driving in 2? As Jen pointed out earlier, he was at the start of some key rallies. I know WPA doesn't care about the 7th run when you win 14-12, but it does count just the same as runs 12-14 and despite all the protestations as to its value, you really do have to get it first.

Posted by: hopbitters [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 12:08 PM

Melky had some clutch moments - like Jeter - but, nothing like Damon, Giambi, and Abreu.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2006 01:19 PM

actually Melky led both teams in runs scored in the series.

Posted by: 98Yanks [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 23, 2006 12:00 AM