Evaluating the DHs


This off-season, the Yankees, Angels and Rangers all landed themselves shiny new injury-prone but solid-hitting guys to man the DH spot. The Yanks picked up Nick Johnson and his .426 OBP, the Angels Hideki Matsui and his World Series MVP award and the Rangers Vlad Guerrero and his ability to hit any pitch. The Yanks like their guy because of his on-base prowess. He’ll hit second and give Mark Teixeira and A-Rod numerous opportunities to drive home runs. But what of the other two? Yesterday, Jay Gargiulo at Fack Youk analyzed the DH signings and came out a bit bearish on Vlad and Matsui. I predict, not too boldly, that the best one of the three will be whichever avoids the disabled list the longest this year.

Categories : Analysis, Asides


  1. Crazy Eyes Killa says:

    Are we just not even a little concerned with NJ’s baserunning at this point? His mobility will be crucial to the top of the order, Tex and A-Rod are not going to hit everything out of the park, and if Johnson is gonna be livin off of cheessteaks and butts again this year, Girardi could consider other possibilities with the 2 hole

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Yeah, he’s slow as shit, but the impact will be so insignificant in the grand scheme of things, it’s almost irrelevant. Give the disparity in OBP, it’s not a concern.

      • Further mitigating his lack of speed: With Tex-ARod-Posada and some ordering of Granderson/Cano/Swish hitting behind him, he won’t have any need or opportunity to run. And, if his limited speed keeps him from advancing extra bases, well, he’ll need guys behind him who are good at hitting XBH to allow him to jog in on well-struck balls… guys like Tex-ARod-Posada-Granderson-Cano-Swish.

    • RollingWave says:

      Anyone that seen Hideki Matsui and Vlad play last year can not possibly complain about the speed of another player that’s in a similar role. those two were barely walking .

      Also, this is the top 10 career run scorer of the MLB history


      on that list, Aaron had only somewhat above average speed . Ruth / Gehrig / Musial were basically statues, and Rose was REALLY slow for a guy that started as a middle infielder. some of them are fast guys to be sure. but as you can see the correlation between speed and run scoring ins’t really that high. but the lowest OBA guy on the list was Rose at .375 , and adjust for how long he played that’s insanely scary .

      Speed matters. but in the grand scheme of things a guy with no pop will kill you, a guy who can’t get on base at all should not play even in the minor leagues, but guys who can’t run at all get in the hall of fame ALL THE TIME.

      (just think for a sec, 80 stole bases’s value still < 20 HR, and yet how many player actually manage to consistently steal 80? no one, NEVER, not a single player, even Ricky only did it 6 times and came close on a 7th, and he's miles ahead of everyone else, yet tons of average players hit 20 HR.)

  2. I think Vlad is in the best position to succeed because of the move to full-time DH and playing in Arlington 80 times a year.

  3. Januz says:

    I actually think Vlad has already punched his ticket to Cooperstown. NINE times over 100 RBI’s, and a .321 Batting Average. Those are superior numbers, and the only guy NOT named as a steroid user with superior numbers currently active is Pujols. He might not be first ballot, but he will be in.

  4. Bo says:

    There is only one reason the Yankees passed on Matsui. Someone they know well and love. They must really think his knees are shot and he wont last the season. Thats it.

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