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September 18, 2006

Giambi A Coin Flip Of Reliability?

In 2002, Jason Giambi put up one of the best seasons by a Yankees LH-batter since 1937. And, in the post-season that year, Giambi was just as good in the ALDS - if not better.

But, since 2002, Giambi has been a disappointment for the Yankees in some key spots - mostly because of his health and his inability to play in games.

In 2003, it was the famous "barking" knee. In 2004, it was a tumor on his pituitary gland.

By my rough estimations, the knee in 2003 cost Giambi 6 At Bats over the 6 games in the 2003 World Series. And, in 2004, Giambi did not play at all during the ALCS.

Last year, it looked like Giambi beat this trend - he was good for most of the season and very good in the ALDS.

But, now, for the last month, this season, it's been his wrist (that's the health concern). While he says it's now 100%, the production is not there.

Will this carry into the post-season like it did in 2003 and 2004?

This is not about Giambi being a choker. In fact, in 36 career post-season games, Jason's OBA is .432 and his SLG% is .496. When he plays, he produces. More so, this is about Giambi's ability to stay away from injury when the team needs him the most.

Right now, based on his history in New York, it appears to be a 50-50 deal in terms of being able to count on him to be ready to play.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 18, 2006 08:25 AM


Giambi's knee was a mess in 2003. It wasn't just barking; it was shredded.

All you have to do, though, when thinking of Giambi coming up big -- besides the numbers you cite -- is the 2003 ALCS. Forget about the Boone home run on a floating knuckleball. Giambi hit two solo home runs off a near-unhittable Pedro that night. Which is the only thing that kept the Yankees in the game. It's one of the big clutch performances no one talks about. Giambi's two solo home runs and Moose's brilliant relief work were, for me, the two most important things about that win.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 18, 2006 11:22 AM

Giambi's wrist injury was caused by being hit in the wrist w/ a pitch

If you bring that up in terms of his durability, you also would ahve to fault Matsui for breaking his wrist on that freak play or Jeter for having Huckaby do his shoulder in?

Posted by: ieddyi [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 18, 2006 01:12 PM

Giambi's injury was caused his wrist being hit by a pitched ball

Are you gonna fault Matsui for the breaking of his wrist on a freak play , or Jeter for getting his shoulder banged up by Huckaby?

Posted by: ieddyi [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 18, 2006 03:27 PM

Wow, that was weird. Did you forget that you wrote the same thing already? I thought it was a double post until I saw the time.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 18, 2006 03:38 PM

ieddyi - when Jeter and Matsui have three strikes, like compared to Giambi, in terms of injuries, rather than just one, sure, I will question their durability at that time too.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 18, 2006 04:10 PM