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Tale of two halves

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 16, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s well established that, after the all-star break, Derek Jeter’s season went one direction and Alex Rodriguez’s went the other. Jeter was hurt, spent the time off tweaking his swing, and came back a different sort of hitter. Rodriguez was hurt, spent the time away trying to get healthy, and just never seemed to get there.

What about the rest of the Yankees regulars?

Russell Martin
First half: .220/.323/.384
Second half: .259/.325/.438
One key difference for Martin, his first-half batting average on balls in play was .225. In the second half, his BABIP normalized a little bit to .288.

Mark Teixeira
First half: .244/.352/.519
Second half: .253/.326/.464
Can’t help wondering if Teixeira became focused on trying to raise his batting average and stopped taking as many walks or hitting for as much power.

Robinson Cano
First half: .296/.342/.521
Second half: .309/.358/.547
Not as much of a difference as you might expect. Despite roughly 50 fewer at-bats, Cano actually struck out more times in the second half than in the first half.

Derek Jeter
First half: .270/.330/.353
Second half: .327/.383/.428
Still an incredible difference. Hard to believe it’s the same player.

Alex Rodriguez
First half: .295/.366/.485
Second half: .191/.345/.353
Ditto the comments for Jeter: Incredible difference, hard to believe it’s the same player.

Brett Gardner
First half: .265/.348/.394
Second half: .252/.342/.341
More runs, more stolen bases and the same number of RBI in the second half as in the first half. Eight more extra-base hits in the first half.

Curtis Granderson
First half: .269/.361/.575
Second half: .254/.368/.523
There seemed to be a perception that Granderson fell off sharply in the second half. Even with a power dip, that second half slugging percentage is still awfully impressive. His best month of the year was August. His worst was September.

Nick Swisher
First half: .249/.367/.416
Second half: .273/.382/.486
It went a little bit unnoticed just how good Swisher was in the second half. From June through August he hit .305/.418/.556. That’s three months of MVP-type production.

Jorge Posada
First half: .230/.318/.398
Second half: .246/.310/.398
Not exactly the kind of consistency Posada was hoping to show this season. His month of June: .382/.419/.588 . His month of July: .217/.284/.250.

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