FIRE JOE MORGAN: Going Back For A Second


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Thursday, October 19, 2006


Going Back For A Second that e-mail that Simmons posted (see Junior's post below).

Dude wrote: "In 1996-2000, it wasn't just that they had great chemistry (which they did), they didn't have nearly as much offensive talent so they were forced to play true October baseball."

Hmm. How much less offensive talent did they really have during that 5-year stretch?

In 2006, the Yankees scored 930 runs.

In the World Series Championship year of 1998, they scored 965.

From 1996-200, they averaged 899.6 runs / year. Compared against the 2006 juggernauts, that's a difference of 30.4 runs, or .19 runs / game.

And this difference in offensive talent (am I measuring it wrong?) is meant to be enough to explain the problem with the 2006 Yankees? At this point, I'm even willing to let go of the far more ridiculous assertion: that the problem is that they had too much talent.

Side note: in the 1998 World Series, the only series for which I currently have the energy to make the following calculations, the Yankees also scored 15 out of 26 of their runs on HRs. Or 54%. Or a percent that would have led MLB any of the years for which I've been able to find data. And yes, you should ignore those numbers because the sample size is tiny.

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posted by dak  # 8:17 PM
2006 Yankees (not built for postseason, good hitters clogging up the end of the lineup, relying too much on three-run homers): 210 home runs

1998 Yankees (hit-and-running, stealing at every opportunity, taking extra bases, bunting): 207 home runs


I'm now waiting for Jose Valentin and Paul Lo Duca to get in the batters' box together, put their hands on the same bat, and swing away to hit a walk-off grand slam.
Very, very surprised that Jose Valentin struck out instead of hitting a grand slam there. Pleasantly.
I wonder if Willie Randolph would've rather have had Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield come up with the bases loaded over Valentin and Chavez.
My guess: hell no.
Not to quibble Jr., but it is worth noting how little the Buck-McCarver team extolled Endy Chavez's catch. We might have seen the single greatest postseason defensive play in the Division Series era (particularly if the Mets end up winning). I guess my point is generally that the pro-Cards bias has been unbelievable this series. Did you catch McCarver trying to spin Pujols's quotes about Glavine the other night? If Delgado had said the same about Carpenter, all we would have heard about all night is how Delgado hates America because he won't stand for the anthem 5 years ago (when the U.S. was using his native land as mortar dump.) McCarver-Buck are not good at their jobs.
They were pretty reserved, you're right! I was only using all caps because it sure is funny that after I blasted Endy and Jose and Paul just hours ago, one of them came through and may have saved the game for the Mets, thus undoubtedly reinforcing Jonathan T.'s confidence in his Role Players Win Games Theory.

Also, the stuff about Endy not hitting well in the playoffs so far is mainly just me crying.
Wow, I'm old. It was 10 years ago.
Perez and Suppan, huh?

Ok, it was 2 years ago. I got that from an abbreviated Google entry that ellipsied into a bit about Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in the '95-'96 season. We've all been there, right fellas?
I hear you, Jr. For the record, I find it easier to root for the Mets knowing that Willie Randolph's daughter loves to watch Endy Chavez play the game. Ok, I'll stop clogging up the comments board.
Hey Junior / Coach:
Get a room.

Am I right?
I can't believe Chavez didn't get that one.
Man, McCarver and Buck seem to be giving an awful lot of credit to LaRussa for that Molina HR.

LaRussa moved him up one slot in the order...and that's why he went yard?

Truth is, if Yadier had been in the same position as he usually was, he "would've" hit the HR in even more dramatic fashion, with 2 out in the 9th.
You guys, I think we might be "live-blogging."
Please please please let Paul Lo Duca knock in Valentin and Chavez, fulfilling the horrific Jonathan T. prophecy.
Yadier Molina: 1 HR per 69.5 AB this season.
Isn't it weird when it's raining at baseball games, and it looks from some angles like it's pouring, and then from other shots like it's not even raining at all?

(No, it is not that weird.)
I'm watching in HD, so it's actually raining in my room.
Oh my God the table is so set for Paul Heartandsoul Lo Duca to win this thing for role players everywhere.
Carlos Beltran, a man with 7 home runs in 13 career LCS games, strikes out on three pitches with the series on the line.

Yadier Molina, a man with 6 home runs in 129 games all season, wins it with a home run.

Eckstein does it again!!!
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