Dark Days at Yankee Stadium

So after the inter-league play thrust them back into contention, the Yankees have found it tough again against their regular American League opponents. The younger Steinbrenners are now unhappy with their offense and this time they’re right:

New York Yankees – Batting – Month – June  

 

Name                   AB  R  H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SO SH SF SB    BA  SLG  

Duncan, Shelley         1  0  1   0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000 2.000

Rodriguez, Alex       101 24 37  23  6  0  9 17 19  0  2  5  .366  .693 

Damon, Johnny         102 12 37  10  4  2  0 11 15  0  0  5  .363  .441 

Giambi, Jason          82 16 25  19  3  1  6 12 18  0  0  1  .305  .585 

Jeter, Derek          110 20 33  10  8  0  2 12 13  2  0  1  .300  .427 

Cano, Robinson        101 13 29  14  7  0  2  2  6  0  2  0  .287  .416 

Matsui, Hideki         61  6 17   8  1  0  1  8  8  0  0  0  .279  .344 

Moeller, Chad          11  2  3   0  3  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  .273  .545

Posada, Jorge          63  5 17   9  5  0  2 13 13  0  1  0  .270  .444 

Betemit, Wilson        45  9 12   9  4  0  3  1 14  0  1  0  .267  .556 

Molina, Jose           35  4  9   4  2  0  0  3  8  2  1  0  .257  .314 

Abreu, Bobby          103 15 26  17  6  0  3 12 14  0  0  6  .252  .398 

Cabrera, Melky        102  8 21   8  2  0  1 12 16  1  0  3  .206  .255 

Christian, Justin      15  2  3   2  1  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  .200  .267 

Rasner, Darrell         1  0  0   0  0  0  0  2  1  0  0  0  .000  .000 

Pettitte, Andy          2  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  .000  .000 

Ohlendorf, Ross         1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000  .000 

Chamberlain, Joba       3  0  0   0  0  0  0  1  1  1  0  0  .000  .000 

Wang, Chien-Ming        3  1  0   0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  .000  .000 

Gonzalez, Alberto       9  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  .000  .000 

Mussina, Mike           3  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000  .000 

Ponson, Sidney          2  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  2  1  0  0  .000  .000

Gardner, Brett          3  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1  .000  .000

 


Pluses

Alex Rodriguez. With the bat he is once again the best player on the staff. He has hit 9 home runs in June well ahead of everyone on the team including:


Jason Giambi. No longer a surprise. Whether it was the mustache or just the right moment, Giambi broke out of the funk he was in and has become one of the best players on the team. .305 on the month with 6 home runs

Johnny Damon. Mr Damon has proved his ability and his commitment to the team over and over again this 
season. .363 batting average on the month even if his power numbers haven’t really been there.

 

Minuses

 

Melky Cabrera. Defensively solid but not pulling his weight with the bat. On the month, .206 batting, .255 slugging. It has to improve.

Alberto Gonzalez. Alberto’s time has almost passed. It’s hard for the Yankees to keep him around. He’s solid enough on defence but with Jeter and Rodriguez ahead of him, he needs to be able to pinch hit. 0 for 9 on the month settles the argument.

 

Jose Molina. Simply hasn’t repeated his performance of last year. If they decided to reduce the staff to two catchers, they would keep him but it would seem a little unfair on Moeller.

 

Surprises

 

Justin Christian. He came, he went. He did well on his debut but then he was gone too quickly. Gardner, his replacement, is not exactly setting the league alight. Thankfully but regrettably, injuries means that one or both of them is going to a real chance to prove himself.

 

Robinson Cano. Don’t how it became the case that Cano hitting is a surprise but the slump had gone on a long time. Now he’s collecting multi-hit games.

 

Bobby Abreu. It’s all gone quiet. With Matsui and maybe Damon injured, Abreu needs to rise above that .252 he’s produced on the month.

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