Story of a Season: Jorge Posada

All other hitters If I had to describe Jorge Posada‘s 2011 season in a word, I don’t think a word would do. Instead, I’d settle for an onomatopoeia: Ugh. Just like there was little to say about Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano because their seasons were so good, there is little to say about Jorge Posada because his season was just so disappointing. The whole picture is just ugly. A .235/.315/.398 slash line with a .309 wOBA and an 89 wRC+ leading to a -0.4 fWAR mark. His walk rate was good at 10.1% and his Iso wasn’t horrible at Continue reading Story of a Season: Jorge Posada

Story of a Season: Nick Swisher

Others 2011 featured some book ends for Nick Swisher. He started off the year poorly, putting up a .293 wOBA/78 wRC+ in the first two months of the season. In September, he hit just .284/72, then had a poor showing in the playoffs. Between then, though, Swisher was on fire. From June-August, Swisher hit .305/.418/.556/.973. For comparison’s sake, in that same time frame, Robinson Cano put up a .909 OPS and Curtis Granderson put up a .940 OPS. So for a good chunk of the season, Nick Swisher was the team’s best hitter. June was easily Swisher’s best month as Continue reading Story of a Season: Nick Swisher

Story of a Season: Curtis Granderson

Other Players Curtis Granderson may have slumped in September (.304 wOBA/85 wRC+), but every other month aside from that was nothing short of fantastic. Taking out the final month of the season, Granderson’s worst month in terms of wOBA/wRC+ was June when he hit “only” .363/125. If he did that for the entire year, it would’ve been a productive season for Granderson. Instead, he turned in career highs in homers (41), walk rate (12.3), Iso (.290), and wRC+ (146). His wOBA (.395) and fWAR (7.0) were both the second highest marks of his career (both fell just short of his Continue reading Story of a Season: Curtis Granderson

Story of a Season: Brett Gardner

Other Stories Brett Gardner had an up and down season. He started it off as the Yankees’ leadoff hitter, but lost the job after a tough first month of the year (.286 wOBA/73 wRC+). The next three months were much better, as Gardner produced splits of .337/108; .386/141; and .358/122. He crashed again in August with a .281/68 mark, but ended the year well, hitting .332/104 in September. This isn’t so strange, really. We’ve seen this streakiness from Gardner for the last few years. During the cold streaks, it’s certainly maddening. During the hot streaks, he’s great to watch. He Continue reading Story of a Season: Brett Gardner

Story of a Season: Derek Jeter

Other posts To say 2011 was a roller coaster type season for Derek Jeter would be a massive understatement. It started way back in 2010 when his contract expired and we endured months of relatively contentious negotiations between Jeter and the Yankee organization, that ultimately ended in a nice contract for Jeter. We heard he was going to make some swing adjustments after enduring a career worst year at the plate in 2010. During the offseason, I kept repeating something: There is no way Derek Jeter can be as bad in 2011 as he was in 2010. Yet for part Continue reading Story of a Season: Derek Jeter

Story of a Season: Alex Rodriguez

Click here for the other installments Click here for a stats refresher if you need it. The story of 2011 for Alex Rodriguez was different to say the least. However, it’s the story of 2012 and beyond that will be far more compelling. How much will he stay in the field? How healthy will he stay? Can he stay on track for that once all-but-guaranteed HR record? The most drastic drop from Rodriguez this year came in the power department. His Iso was .185, his lowest mark since a .196 mark way back in 1997. Aside from a .176 showing Continue reading Story of a Season: Alex Rodriguez

Story of a Season: Robinson Cano

Russell Martin Mark Teixeira For the third year in a row, and the fourth time in his career, Robinson Cano turned in a .370+ wOBA. His .375 mark was good for a 133 wRC+ this year. Isn’t it a little ho hum at this point? While we shouldn’t take it for granted, we almost expect Cano to do this well. His swing is so sweet and features a perfect blend of contact and power that is jealousy inducing. He was second (to Dustin Pedroia in both categories) in wOBA/wRC+ among AL 2B, and led the bunch in slugging and IsoP. Continue reading Story of a Season: Robinson Cano

Story of a Season: Mark Teixeira

Russell Martin It was quite a season for Mark Teixeira. Like I said last week, it was either the best bad season ever or the worst good season ever. While his .248/.341/.494 line looks week, it still produced a .361 wOBA and a 124 wRC+. Those are fine numbers, but they represent the second straight non-Tex-like year out of Tex. His walk rate (11.1) and his Iso (.246) were right in line with his career averages (11.5 and .250 respectively). However, 2011 featured another sharp drop in BABIP. From 2009-2010, Tex’s BABIP dropped 34 points. From 2010-11, it dropped 29 Continue reading Story of a Season: Mark Teixeira

Story of a Season: Russell Martin

When the Yankees announced they were signing Russell Martin after he was non-tendered by the Dodgers, I was thinking one thing: He’s a placeholder for Jesus Montero. Once Montero was ready–maybe around May or June–Martin would shift to the backup role, Montero would catch, Cervelli would go…somewhere. Well, it didn’t happen that way, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Martin caught fire coming out of the gate and ended up as a pretty valuable player for the Yankees. He added good offense for a catcher, he played good defense, and the pitching staff seemed to like working with him. Continue reading Story of a Season: Russell Martin