Matsui to the OF in Game 3?

And remember, even when he was “healthy”, or “healthier” than he is now, Matsui was NEVER a good fielder. To wit, his UZR since joining the Yanks in 2003:

  • 2003: -21.7
  • 2004: -25.4
  • 2005: -10.8
  • 2006: -3.8
  • 2007: -7.6
  • 2008: -2.5

Not exactly sparking, eh? If he plays LF, bumping Damon to RF (which, by the way, is a bad move unto itself), his UZR’s aren’t much better for his career as a LF’er:

  • 2003: -17.7
  • 2004: -24.8
  • 2005: -1.6
  • 2006: -3.8
  • 2007: -7.6
  • 2008: -2.3

Not a positive number in the bunch. Sure, his offense can compensate for his defense, to a degree, but in what might be a tightly played, close game, would you really want to add a sore-kneed player who hasn’t played the field since 2008?

Not me. What do you think?

Suggested related reading: World Series head-to-head: OF/DH, which includes the table below:

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