With a lot of the aging players on the Yankees roster, career numbers don’t mean much. Their best days are long gone, and it’s hard to expect the the same level of production that they had five or six years ago. But the past two years seems like a reasonable gauge of whether a player is underperforming or overperforming this season.
Here are nine Yankees regulars along with their slash line for this season, and their slash line for the past two seasons.
Past two seasons: .267/.364/.374
This season: .272/.338/.422
A more aggressive approach at the plate has led to more power but fewer walks. He’s also striking out more, but his OPS and OPS+ are each up this season. By the way, it didn’t make much sense to consider Gardner’s 16 games last season so his “past two seasons” are 2011 and 2010, the last two seasons when he actually played more than a few weeks.
Past two seasons: .277/.308/.361
This season: .283/.320/.393
Not a ton of difference here. This seems to be the kind of player Ichiro has become near the end of his career. This year’s slash line is actually very similar to his overall slash line for last season, combining is bad start with his strong finish.
Past two seasons: .307/.364/.542
This season: .302/.386/.531
Clearly being pitched around a lot more often now that middle of the order is overwhelmingly thin. Might be surprising, though, that Cano’s overall production has been basically right on course with his MVP-caliber seasons. He’s actually on pace for the second-highest OPS of his career.
Past two seasons: .259/.355/.445
This season: .218/.314/.407
It’s the lack of power that’s made Hafner’s season such a letdown. Staying healthy seemed to be the biggest concern with a Hafner signing, but aside from some shoulder soreness, he’s managed to stay in the lineup. He just hasn’t done much since April.
Past two seasons: .222/.258/.409
This season: .238/.276/.371
Obviously the power is down, though that might be a product of him playing everyday, something he didn’t do with the Angels. The batting average and one-base percentage, though, are actually a little better. The key might be maintaining some production against lefties.
Past two seasons: .239/.315/.369
This season: .252/.308/.437
The power is the biggest difference. Overbay has hit more than 16 home runs only twice in his career, but he has 11 already. The splits are extreme, and finding a right-handed platoon partner would clearly maximize Overbay’s impact. Overall, though, Overbay has overperformed any reasonable expectation. By quite a bit.
Past two seasons: .211/.279/.351
This season: .236/.303/.304
Did you know Nix has reached double digit home runs in two different seasons? It’s true. But that power hasn’t been there this season. His average and on-base percentage are almost identical to last season, but the power is down. Most of his offensive value has come from his .374 on-base percentage against lefties. He’s actually been a pretty solid platoon table-setter.
Past two seasons: .271/.317/.387
This season: .215/.285/.271
Nunez’s reputation as an offensive player comes largely from the fact that he’s supposed to be a good hitter for a shortstop. That slash line the past two years isn’t horrible for a backup middle infielder forced into regular playing time because of injury, but this season has been an overwhelming disappointment at the plate.
Past two seasons: .221/.287/.314
This season: .241/.316/.306
Stewart has the same number of walks as Ichiro, and he’s done it in nearly 150 fewer plate appearances. He actually has the fourth-highest on-base percentage of the Yankees regulars. He’s basically hit like you’d expect a light-hitting catcher to hit.
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