Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Better Choice

Player A
This guy is 30 years old, played 6 seasons in MLB with a total of 271 plate appearances in 104 games. His triple-slash in MLB is .206/.272/.288, while averaging just 5 HR per 162 games. In 34 PAs over 11 games this season he's hitting .242/.265/.273, with 1 extra-base hit (a double).

Player B
This guy is 29 years old, and has played 7 years in MLB with a total of 3,323 plate appearances over the course of 830 games. His MLB career triple-slash is .263/.357/.395, while averaging 15 HR per 162 games. In 134 plate appearances in 38 games this season he's hitting .173/.321/.318, with 8 extra-base hits (4 doubles and 4 homers).

Going by their career numbers it's clear who you'd want to be in the lineup more often. The low SLG by Player B is not attractive, but he's certainly the better choice over Player A and his triple-slash of .206/.265/.288.

Who is it?

If you were to take the hot hitter though, who would you want? A guy with a triple-slash of .242/.265/.273 is hardly a great choice, but when you see that Player B has a batting average so far this season of .173 the choice doesn't seem that hard. But how can you ignore an OBP that's 66 points higher? And what about the fact that Player B also has a SLG 45 points higher (although it's nothing spectacular)? The hotter hitter is probably Player B too.

So why is it that some Yankee fans are clamoring for Player A to get more playing time? The short answer... I haven't a clue. I really don't get it. I mean, I'm all for trying to improve wherever possible, but the fact is the Yankees can either use Player A or Player B... there is no Player C. Those that could be considered "Player C" are not only in the minors, but they aren't exactly tearing things up there either.

"I don't get it. I mean... are they cute?"

And keep in mind that this is in regards to a guy that regularly hits 8th or 9th in the lineup. So it's not like the offense is leaning on the guy in this position to carry the offensive load.

If you haven't guessed who Player A and Player B are by this point, then shame on you. Then again we're only talking about Chris Stewart and Russell Martin, so I can't blame you for not caring. Because you really shouldn't care. No matter who starts behind the dish for the team, it doesn't matter a whole hell of a lot. The offense doesn't need them to pick up a slumping offense, or at least they shouldn't need that. The offense needs Mark Teixeira to hit better than .226, they need Alex Rodriguez to have a SLG higher than .444, and they need Nick Swisher to get on base more than 30% of the time.

"My bad"

Russell Martin will get better. Will he hit well enough to garner MVP votes? God no! But when Brian Cashman re-signed him for Joe Girardi and the 2012 Yankees, he didn't do so thinking Russ was a guy that made a good offense great. Martin is there because he's a fine defensive catcher, and the pitchers seem to like him (CC may be the exception). And it didn't cost an arm and a leg, in terms of dollars and years, in order to bring him back to the team either. 

It's no surprise that some Yankee fans are going to get upset over every little thing. But let's use a little more perspective, what do you say?

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