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Get it Together, MELK!
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
I mentioned yesterday that Melky has been under-achieving all season (and the second half of last season, if you're counting), and last night he showed us yet again that he's turned into little more than an above-average defensive player without much to offer at the plate. Not only is he not hitting, he's making bad decisions - like opting to swing away and ground into a DP rather than bunting the runner over last night in the bottom of the 9th (although to be fair, that could have been Girardi's stupid call and Melky was just following orders). Lets take a look at some of his numbers:
  • .196 BA as a RHB
  • .262 BA as a LHB
  • .305 OBP
  • .345 Slugging %
  • 6 Stolen Bases (and 1 caught stealing)
  • 7 Homers
  • .216 BA with RISP
  • 32 RBI
It's not a pretty picture, folks. With numbers like that, the Yanks can't even consider him to be valuable trade bait; rather than being a key part of an offer to a team he'd probably be considered to be a throw-in with a bigger star or hot prospect(s). The promotion of Brett Gardner leads me to believe that the Yanks are getting good and sick of his continued lack of contributions and are testing out a possible replacement, at least for the short term. If Gardner can get his bat going, expect Melky to be benched for a few games - or shipped off to another team.


posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, July 02, 2008  
  • At 11:33 AM, Anonymous yankyclpr05 said…

    I hate to say this, but Cano, Melk, and even one of the young pitchers, are ready to GO! Get out of town. It's not like its Derek Jeter coming up the first year. We are one season two and three with these guys. With all the money coming off the books next season, we need to start building, and if the young guys up there right now, are not doing it, its sports, find new ones.

  • At 11:52 AM, Blogger Nesto said…

    It's not that Melky is underachieving...he was just never good to begin with. Mediocre at best. It's time for some people to realize that he needs to be replaced. Obviously Yanks management realizes this now.

  • At 4:16 AM, Blogger Devoted_YankeeFan367 said…

    when mekly first came in..he was hot offensively and he is amazing in the out-field but i have to agree with nesto...melky offense is below average i think its time for the yankees to part with Cano and Mekly we might can get a starter and some bullpen help for them.

  • At 7:37 AM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    OK, I hate to say it but I think Melky is gonna be a 4th OF at best unless he finds his stroke.

    Now, getting rid of Cano is just nuckin futs!!!!! Has no one noticed that he is heating up and has been great defense all year?

    I guess no one remembers the days when an infielder was allowed to hit .250 if the defense was superb.....

  • At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Are you insane? Part with Cano?


  • At 11:52 AM, Blogger Christopher said…

    parting with cano is a poor choice. cano had a rough start to the season, but that is NOT the norm. on the other hand, melky's poor start (and continued poor hitting) is pretty much the norm for this dude. hes a sub par offensive player with a decent glove and an outstanding arm. plus he dosnt even have that much speed. i dont see him keeping the starting CF job much longer. if my man brett gardner gets a couple more starts i can see him taking the melk mans job.

  • At 2:12 PM, Blogger xbryanx said…

    this year is a bit different from previous years in the AL east, as its a legitimate 3 team race. plus considering the white sox are playing freakishly good and the tigers threatening to turn their season around, coming in second place in the AL east is not going to guarantee a playoff spot. we need to make some sort of move to improve the bullpen going into the second half.

    trading cano? in the long run i don't think its worth it, especially if C.C. is really the number one pick for ol' hank. C.C. could be a bust in NY too. Robi has a lot of seasons left, and granted he hasn't been too swell this season, i think its just a bad season and that he has a bright future playing in pinstripes. guy hit over .300 last year. plus trading off the younger guys, who are actually decent, isn't really a good idea with half our team ready to go into an iron lung.

    As for Melky, I've always liked him but hes just not pulling his weight and the only thing keeping him around is that hes pretty good in the field. if we sit on him were just going to end up with a johnny damon replacement down the road, and no one wants that. only problem is that hes having an even worse season than normal, so your right hes not even trade bait.

    my solution: whole team grows mustaches. hank makes it company policy to have a full mustache at all times during the season.

  • At 8:34 PM, Blogger Nesto said…

    I don't know if he is available but that Lester kid is pretty damn good. Well at least better than I-Ken and Hughes combined.

  • At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Stacey said…

    e5_rod: NOT ANY MORE



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