Monday, July 24, 2006

A Public Service Announcement
By Ben Valentine

We interrupt your regular sports commentary for a short statistical interlude.

Jason Giambi .258/.409/.587/.997

Derek Jeter .344/.423/.466/.889

Alex Rodriguez .277/.379/.499/.877

Jorge Posada .289/.389/.477/.865

Johnny Damon .293/.369/.461/.830

So to recap, despite his worst season of his career, A-Rod is still the third best Yankee offensively. It’s also worth noting that Jeter’s second best career season is just .12 OPS points higher than the worst season of Rodriguez’s for those of you who think A-Rod is overpaid.

Meanwhile on the hill:

Sidney Ponson: 77.2 IP, 5.79 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 4.98 K/9, 1.23 K/BB, 1.86 GB/FB

Jaret Wright: 80.1 IP, 4.71 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 5.38 K/9, 1.66 K/BB, 1.01 GB/FB

In a race where four teams are separated by 4.5 games, the Yankees cannot afford to put those two guys out there two out of every five days. But then again, let’s be frank here: it’s really A-Rod’s fault Ponson and Wright stink. I mean if A-Rod had only hit a home run every time he was up, the Yankees could have lost 13-9 yesterday.

Note to the media and Yankees fans: stop whining about A-Rod and focus on your real problems; the back end of a rotation can’t get AAA guys out.

This has been a Sportszilla public service announcement. We now return you to your regularly scheduled trade rumors.

2 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

awesome post...I actually just said to someone yesterday that Arod is having his worst season, and Jeter is having one of his best and yet they are having about the same season.

10:51 AM  
Blogger June said...

... and one is getting the shit booed out of him and the other is, as always, covered in others' saliva.

Ben, I love you

11:04 PM  

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