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Two statistics on a sunny Sunday

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 28, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Got to Citi Field early today to do some work and get ready for the game.

Came across two statistics that struck me as unusual:

• Hideki Matsui has played in only 321 of the last 528 games because of wrist, knee and hamstring injuries. Playing in those 1,768 consecutive games — many of them on turf in Japan — really caught up with him. There is a zero percent change the Yankees will retain Matsui after this season. It’ll be interesting to see if there is a market for him in the majors or whether he has to return to Japan.

• Alex Rodriguez has not had a triple since May 31, 2006 — 1,624 at-bats ago. His last three-bagger came off Nate Robertson at Comerica Park in the eighth inning of a game the Yankees won 6-1.

How weird is that? Alex is obviously a guy who runs well and hits more than his share of line drives into gaps. You figure he would have had a triple at some point. He has 26 in his career.

Here’s a prediction: That streak ends tonight. A-Rod owns Livan Hernandez (11 of 19) and Citi Field is as spacious as a national park.

UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: Jose Molina is on the field right now doing some base-running drills. That would seem to be a sign he’s close to re-starting a rehab assignment. Oddly enough, Alfredo Aceves is also doing the same drills.

No clue whatsoever why.




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