Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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
  Tags: yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   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)

Pass.
   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, the gum-snappin' hairdresser 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!

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Tuque
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMcSweeneys: NEW BASEBALL STATISTICS.
(4 - 11:00pm, Oct 22)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

Newsblog2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 2 OMNICHATTER
(445 - 11:00pm, Oct 22)
Last: Into the Void

NewsblogRoyals are not the future of baseball | FOX Sports
(29 - 11:00pm, Oct 22)
Last: boteman

NewsblogSielski: A friend fights for ex-Phillie Dick Allen's Hall of Fame induction
(181 - 10:59pm, Oct 22)
Last: theboyqueen

NewsblogOT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies
(3184 - 10:57pm, Oct 22)
Last: Misirlou's been working for the drug squad

NewsblogCardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance | cardinals.com
(65 - 10:38pm, Oct 22)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - October 2014
(342 - 10:37pm, Oct 22)
Last: stevegamer

NewsblogJerome Williams re-signs with Phils
(9 - 10:21pm, Oct 22)
Last: stevegamer

NewsblogStatcast: Posey out at the plate
(13 - 10:21pm, Oct 22)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogJay set for surgery — and for CF in 2015 : Sports
(5 - 9:58pm, Oct 22)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogAd Week: What Is Madeleine Albright Doing on the Wheaties Box?
(1 - 9:54pm, Oct 22)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogHow Wall Street Strangled the Life out of Sabermetrics | VICE Sports
(7 - 9:47pm, Oct 22)
Last: Arbitol Dijaler

NewsblogHunter Pence responds to Royals fan signs with monster Game 1 | MLB.com
(54 - 7:50pm, Oct 22)
Last: JE (Jason)

NewsblogMike Scioscia, Matt Williams voted top managers
(43 - 7:45pm, Oct 22)
Last: catomi01

NewsblogDealing or dueling – what’s a manager to do? | MGL on Baseball
(39 - 7:10pm, Oct 22)
Last: bobm

Page rendered in 0.0959 seconds
52 querie(s) executed