Comparing lineups of Yankees playoffs past


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.

Categories : Playoffs


  1. UWS says:

    “Doug Mientkiewicz”


  2. radnom says:

    Damn, that 06 offense was nasty.

  3. Guest says:

    ’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.

  4. blazini says:

    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.

  5. JSquared says:

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

  6. Free Mike Vick says:

    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.

  7. JMK aka The Overshare says:

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

  8. Chris says:

    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.

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