Comparing lineups of Yankees playoffs past

Looking At The Playoff Roster: Position Players
Looking At The Playoff Roster: Pitchers

Just for fun, here’s a breakdown of the Yankees’ Game 1 lineups from their past three playoff teams: 2006, 2007, and 2009.

2006 wOBA 2007 wOBA 2009 wOBA
Johnny Damon .362 Johnny Damon .340 Derek Jeter .390
Derek Jeter .399 Derek Jeter .369 Johnny Damon .376
Bobby Abreu .405 Bobby Abreu .360 Mark Teixeira .402
Gary Sheffield .350 Alex Rodriguez .449 Alex Rodriguez .405
Jason Giambi .407 Jorge Posada .417 Hideki Matsui .378
Alex Rodriguez .391 Hideki Matsui .368 Jorge Posada .378
Hideki Matsui .381 Robinson Cano .358 Robinson Cano .370
Jorge Posada .374 Melky Cabrera .317 Nick Swisher .375
Robinson Cano .377 Doug Mientkiewicz .346 Melky Cabrera .331

Now for the Game 1 starters:

Year Pitcher IP ERA K/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/BB tRA
2006 Chien-Ming Wang 218.0 3.63 3.1 2.1 0.5 1.46 4.42
2007 Chien-Ming Wang 199.1 3.70 4.7 2.7 0.4 1.76 4.29
2009 CC Sabathia 230.0 3.37 7.7 2.6 0.7 2.94 3.99

For some pithy commentary: The lineup looks more balanced than ever, with four guys in the .370s in wOBA. The top of the lineup is stacked, though there’s no insane peak as with Jorge and Alex in 2007. That offense largely revolved around those two, so even the slightest slump in the playoffs would have meant disaster. A-Rod went 4 for 15 and Jorge went 2 for 15. That’ll about do it. Also, Sabathia figures to be a better bet than Wang to deliver in the playoffs.

Looking At The Playoff Roster: Position Players
Looking At The Playoff Roster: Pitchers
  • UWS

    “Doug Mientkiewicz”


  • radnom

    Damn, that 06 offense was nasty.

    • pat

      “Murderers Row + Cano”

    • Tom Zig

      yeah but that defense was just beyond awful

      Matsui in LF
      Damon in CF
      Abreu in RF
      Sheffield at 1B(!!)

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Cano isn’t the defender he was in 2006. I’d say he’s better now. Posada’s never been a very good defensive catcher. Outside of Jeter (whose range isn’t very good) and A-Rod, that defense is below-average throughout. Damon at least had legs back then. But wow, it’s a shabby D.

      • pat

        Hah yup, just to illustrate-

        Damon: -14.3 uzr/150
        Matsui: -13.6
        Abreu: -14.4
        Sheff: -8.7 (9 games)

        • Tom Zig


          • JMK aka The Overshare

            Sheff’s UZI is -8.7? That’s racist!

  • Guest

    ’06 was such a shock. That lineup was ridiculous. We cranked the Tigers in game 1, and then just fell apart. Dang Kenny Rogers and his cheating.

    Torre’s decision to drop A-Rod to the eighth spot for game 4 was…perhaps not the best.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      “GET OUTTA MY FACE!” **Shove**

      • Lanny

        When Jaret Wright starts a deciding game you know you’re in big trouble. The team wasnt that good because its all about SP.

  • blazini

    I can’t say I understand wOBA but aren’t there 8 guys at .370 or higher? At any rate, there are 5 guys in the .370’s based on the above.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      It’s an offspring of SLG and OBP.

    • Matt ACTY/BBD

      Here’s a primer on it:


    • cor shep

      He meant literally in the .370’s, as in .370-.379.

      • blazini

        ok, that makes more sense. still looks like 5, not 4, but no big deal.

      • Chris

        There are 5 in the .370’s:

        2009 wOBA
        Johnny Damon .376
        Hideki Matsui .378
        Jorge Posada .378
        Robinson Cano .370
        Nick Swisher .375

  • JSquared

    Beside Melky, everyone is .370+… i’ll take it.

  • Free Mike Vick

    am i the only one who thinks the yankees should have CC go on 3 days rest in game 4 of the ALCS?

    leaving joba in the pen…Robertson/Joba 6th-7th…Hughes 8th…MO 9th.

    • cor shep

      If they’re up 2-1 or 3-0, hell no
      If they’re down 1-2 or 0-3, easy decision

    • UWS

      Let’s cross that bridge when we come to it, shall we?

      • Tom Zig


    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Why? Bruney’s starting game 4.

      • Free Mike Vick

        how foolish of me.

        Bruney FTW

        (damn…Greinke was nasty that night.)

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          Greinke was good but Greinke had half the k’s Bruney had in 6 more innings of work. Therefore, Brian Bruney is a better pitcher than Zach Greinke.

          Cy Young 2010!

    • Yanks4ever

      I actually would agree with you on that one. I want my best pitcher to pitch a pivotal game 4 because CC on short rest is far superior to any other option we have at the moment. Only if we are fortunate enough to have a 3-0 lead in ALCS or WS, do we not pitch the big guy in that situation.

      Plus, let us not forget, who would you rather have in a game 7 – CC or Andy? Once again, I would take Carsten Charles on normal rest after that short rested game 4 appearence.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Molina’s wOBA is actually in the negatives. True story.

    • Tom Zig

      ha ha… but it is lower than Cody Ransom’s

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Cody Ransom is so bad, his wOBA is divisible by -0 (yes, I attended public schools).

      • A.D.

        And if Cody Ransom could catch, then he’d probably have a major league job.

        • Tom Zig

          He wouldn’t have to throw people out, he could just jump to 2nd base and tag out the runner.

  • Chris

    Interestingly, for the last 5 seasons the AL playoff team with the best defensive efficiency has made it to the world series. This year, that team would be the Yankees. In 2006 and 2007, the Yankees were 2nd of the 4 playoff teams.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      What stat are you using to measure defensive efficiency?

      • Chris

        Defensive Efficiency

        Def Eff, or Defensive Efficiency, is the rate at which balls put into play are converted into outs by a team’s defense. Def Eff can be approximated with (1 – BABIP), if all you have is BABIP, but a team’s actual Def Eff is computed with

        1 – ((H + ROE – HR) / (PA – BB – SO – HBP – HR))

    • Slugger27

      do u have a link?