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Enough with the A-Rod bashing already!

Look, Yankee fans, I know A-Rod is, for a certain portion of you, the guy you love to hate, but the Alex Rodriguez bashing is getting old.  I know this is the playoffs and the stakes are high, but jeez.  Let’s take a look at the Yankees 2012 post season numbers so far:

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stats from USA Today

Sure, Ibanez was the big hero last night with two homers, but he only has 5 at bats in this series, so he’s not a regular. As for the every day players,  Jeter, Teixeira and Martin are hitting, but the rest of the starting position players?  Not so much.  If A-Rod didn’t have one more at bat than Granderson, their stats would be identical.  Granderson hit 41 homers this season, and he’s basically turned into an all or nothing guy, and so far, nothing is what has shown up from him… and I haven’t heard one person say shit about that.  Not on the radio, not on the web and not via text.  Everyone just maintains that A-Rod sucks, which isn’t wrong right now, but he’s not the only lifeless bat on this team.  If Cano hadn’t picked up that last minute RBI double in Game 1, he’d be about where A-Rod is in terms of production, and those were just tack on runs…  so why doesn’t anyone complain about Cano?  He’s supposed to be one of the great hitters in the game right now, and he’s not doing much of anything in this series.  And frankly, A-Rod is a broken down old man, but Cano and Granderson are supposed to be in their primes.  What gives?  Where’s the complaints?

I guess the problem is that these other guys are “True Yankees” and A-Rod is just some hired gun… except when he carried the offense on his back to a World Series title in 2009.  But then, that doesn’t count because A-Rod did steroids, right?  Something like that.  Jeter is 6-13 in this series, so who cares if he’s made 2 errors in 3 games and grounded out to 3rd with the bases loaded in a pivotal spot in game 2?  Nobody, that’s who.

I know, I’m just wasting my time trying to convince A-Rod haters that he’s not the reason they lost game 2 and not the reason they offense has been lifeless this series, but I had to try.   I figure A-Rod deserves and advocate because… you know… 2 MVPs with the Yankees.  One World Series title that he had a lot to do with .

Just sayin’.

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Joe Girardi: This is how your platoon splits work

I don’t get why Joe Girardi isn’t using his  platoon splits to their fullest advantage.  Sure, he pitch hit Casey McGehee for Eric Chavez last night, and that’s great, but there were so many other moves he could have made that would have given the Yankees a better chance to win yesterday’s game that it’s silly.  In case he left his match up binder in the Bronx, I thought I’d refresh Joe Girardi on the roles of his players as after last night, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know.

Cody Eppley
only faces right handed batters

Boone Logan
only faces left handed batters

Clay Rapada
only faces left handed batters

Raul Ibanez
only faces right handed pitchers

Andruw Jones
only faces left handed pitchers

You got that, Joe?  Stop screwing around and letting Boone Logan face right handed batters or letting Raul Ibanez face left handed pitchers when you’ve got players in your bullpen and on your bench who can help you out.

A.J. Burnett and C.C. Sabathia’s post season average stats

A.J. Burnett and C.C. Sabathia‘s post season average stats are a bit closer than I thought they would be.  Of course, C.C. Sabathia’s sample size is much larger, but the data does lean a bit toward the shocking side.

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Who would have guessed the numbers would play out this way?  Not me.  Of course, this isn’t the sort of revelation that makes anyone want to throw a parade for A.J. Burnett – rather, it’s more a reminder that outside of 2009, C.C. Sabathia’s post season performance has not been exactly stellar.  Still, make no mistake – with C.C. Sabathia, the Yankees may not be able to reach the post season – the problem is, they can’t win unless he pitches more like himself.

Fickle Fan’s Yankee Player Shit List – OCT 7

yankee-stadium-facadeSometimes, players don’t perform to expectations – other times, they just suck in general. Either way, they’ll find a home (whether temporary or permanent) on the Fickle Fan’s Yankee Player Shit List.

LIST DATE: OCTOBER 7, 2011

PLAYER: Alex Rodriguez
TRANSGRESSION: An easy target – his sleepy bat and two of the most painful strike outs (one with the bases loaded, one to end the game) will probably keep him on the list all winter.

PLAYER:
C.C. Sabathia
TRANSGRESSION: He gave up a run in an elimination game and his 6.23 post season ERA – an easy addition to the list.

PLAYER: Ivan Nova
TRANSGRESSION: Back to back dingers in an elimination game will get you on the list.

PLAYER: Mark Teixeira
TRANSGRESSION: His batting average is an eyesore!  But hats off to the RBI walk.

PLAYER: Nick Swisher
TRANSGRESSION: His batting average is an eyesore and that strikeout with the bases loaded haunts my dreams!

Submit your suggestions for the Fickle Fan’s Yankee Player Shit List in the comments below.

Fickle Fan’s Yankee Player Shit List – Aug 26

yankee-stadium-facadeSometimes, players don’t perform to expectations – other times, they just suck in general. Either way, they’ll find a home (whether temporary or permanent) on the Fickle Fan’s Yankee Player Shit List.

LIST DATE: AUGUST 26, 2011

PLAYER: A.J. Burnett
TRANSGRESSION: General suckiness. Fans aren’t being fickle here – the results are so far below his talent and expectation levels that it’s ridiculous.

PLAYER:
Rafael Soriano
TRANSGRESSION: 5.01 season ERA. Recently: Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics, 1 inning, 3 hits (including 3 run homer) 3 runs in extra innings. He’s been great since coming off the DL and this is just a bump in the road.

PLAYER: Phil Hughes
TRANSGRESSION: 6.46 season ERA. Recently: Thursday against the Oakland Athletics, Hughes threw only 2.2 innings and gave up 7 hits and 6 earned runs.

PLAYER: Freddy Garcia
TRANSGRESSION: Inability to handle kitchen cutlery. He’s been on the DL for a while now.

Submit your suggestions for the Fickle Fan’s Yankee Player Shit List.

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