The injury to Mark Teixeira seriously weakened the Yankees’ attack against left-handed pitching. Guys like Andruw Jones needed to step up. Not only has not done so, he’s fallen into an open manhole cover. He has four hits in September. Four! In 29 at bats. That gives him a tidy little batting average of .137 for September. And that followed an August where he had only six hits in 37 at bats. That meant a .162 batting average for August and a lovely 10-66 over the two month span to give him a .151 batting average down the stretch. Only two of those hits were homers, one in August, one in September.
And it goes further back than that. Before yesterday’s two strikeouts in two at bats performance, his second half triple slash line looked like this: .146/.262/.262. Just typing that made the coffee curdle a little in the mouth this morning. How is a guy with that kind of prolonged ineptitude not DFAed? How is he inserted into a lineup? His one job was to hit left-handed pitching. That’s it. Hit left-handed pitching. But he hasn’t. His slash line for the YEAR against lefties is now: .202/.294/.411. His wOBA against lefties is .304. That’s not good. In fact, that’s terrible.
There is more. He has his worst WPA score since that horrid year he had with the Dodgers. His clutch score is his worst since that very same year. He is batting .197 with men in scoring position. He is batting .179 in high leverage situations. The ugly numbers go on and on.
It is enough to make people long for Eduardo Nunez to be the right-handed DH. Jones makes Chris Stewart a better option right now. Francisco Cervelli? Anyone but Andruw Jones. Joe Girardi has been nothing but loyal to his players. It is an admirable trait. But there comes a time when you just have to wake up and know that the garbage has been sitting in the garbage pail for too long and is really starting to stink.
Jones is a good guy. The wife loves his smile. But he cannot get the job done and should not get a single plate appearance the rest of the season, never mind the playoffs that may never come.
Yes, the Yankees are in a scrape. Things weren’t supposed to be this way. And the scapegoat of choice is Mr. Andruw Jones.