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Monday, April 22, 2013

Jack O’Connell: Yanks’ tandem an upgrade at catcher

Boutique stats? That’s more O’Banion than O’Connell.

I do not mean to pick on Martin as much as those who kept reporting all winter about how the Yankees blew it by not conceding to the catcher’s contract demands and would regret it. Look at what Stewart and Francisco Cervelli have done so far this year. Does anyone miss Russell Martin all that much?

The Cervelli-Stewart tandem was treated in a few media outlets as some sort of joke during spring training, but the duo have been a major part of the Yankees’ good start that hit a bump Sunday with an 8-4 loss. Stewart was involved in all the Yankees’ scoring innings. He got the Yanks on the board with his first home run of the season, began the two-run rally in the fifth with a single and bunted Jayson Nix to third base with one out in the sixth that preceded the sacrifice fly by Brett Gardner that gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead at that point.

...Cervelli and Stewart are batting a combined .322 with a .525 slugging percentage, three doubles, three home runs and eight RBI in 59 at-bats. Martin? He is hitting .216 with a .353 slugging percentage, three doubles, one home run and three RBI in 51 at-bats. Again, not to pick on the guy, but I cannot remember just when it was that Russell Martin became the second coming of Thurman Munson, which seemed to be an off-season theme in some circles.

Martin had two decent seasons with the Yankees. Last year, he showed renewed power (21 home runs) and had some memorable game-winning hits, including a huge homer against the Mets, but hit .211 for the season. Now I realize that the seamheads who adore the boutique stats don’t make much of batting average anymore, but .211 is still .211, which is not good by any measure.

Repoz Posted: April 22, 2013 at 05:57 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jyjjy Posted: April 22, 2013 at 07:12 AM (#4421920)
Not to pick on this guy but... well, I won't actually, too easy.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: April 22, 2013 at 07:39 AM (#4421924)

   3. RollingWave Posted: April 22, 2013 at 07:40 AM (#4421925)
Cervelli might legitimately hit decently in a season, but he's never shown the ability to stay healthy, emanwhile, if Stewart hits anything like he does now for the whole season, that's gonna be one of the greatest fluke season of all time.

Granted, the Yankees get a disproportional amount of greatest fluke seasons ever, so....
   4. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM (#4422163)
This year's Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon!
   5. TVerik, who wonders what the hell is "Ansky" Posted: April 23, 2013 at 12:56 AM (#4422979)
Russell spent much of last year as an under .200 automatic out. He came alive late, even hitting fourth or fifth in the lineup at the end of the year. But I was extremely worried that this period was his "dead cat bounce" and that the signer of his next contract would be sorry.

But let's see Cervelli do this for more than three weeks before celebrating.
   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 23, 2013 at 02:05 AM (#4422993)
Cervelli and Stewart are batting a combined .322 with a .525 slugging percentage, three doubles, three home runs and eight RBI

Awesome! SSS be damned!
   7. Repoz Posted: April 23, 2013 at 05:14 AM (#4423002)
Cervelli and Stewart batted a combined .000 last night while Russell Martin hit .666 with a home run.

This changes everything!

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