LADY AT THE BAT: Heard Around Yankees Universe: Get Rid Of Melky!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Heard Around Yankees Universe: Get Rid Of Melky!

It's happening again. Every time he goes into a mini-slump it starts, but this time he isn't even in a slump: Melky Cabrera grounded out in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded to end the game against the Royals yesterday. Now he's persona non grata among Yankee fans. Trade him! they cry. Bench him! they shout. He's all glove and no bat, they say. Even the pros are joining the chorus.

Melky Cabrera is batting .270 this season, with 6 HR and 27 RBIs. He has a .322 OBP and a .386 SLG. He's hit safely in his last 7 games. I'll admit the OBP and SLG could be higher but, can someone tell me what's wrong with the other numbers?

The problem here is that Bernie Williams is still fresh in the memories of Yankee fans. Compared to Bernie, Melky is a scrub. He doesn't have the power numbers Bernie had and it's possible that he never will. But why is it so important for the Yankees Centerfielder to be a big offensive threat? Doesn't anyone remember Mickey Rivers?

The chorus has a solution: Brett Gardner. His numbers down in Triple A Scranton: .295 average, 3 HR, 25 RBI, .414 OBP and .448 SLG. Pretty impressive. But does Melky Cabrera's performance this year warrant benching or trading him just to have a look at this kid? Absolutely not. I'm not joining the chorus. I'm a soloist, and I'm singing: "Lay off Melky!"

The Lady

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Could not agree with you more about Melky. He isn't Bernie Williams but, even though he can be inconsistent, he is a solid player and the Yankees don't have a better option.