Monday, May 9, 2011

Stat Line of the Day: May 9th

D. Jeter (NYY): 4-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB
The Yankees' captain broke out in a big way yesterday, hitting his first two home runs of the season as the Yankees beat down the Texas Rangers, 12-5, in Arlington. It had been 62 games since the last time Jeter went yard, which is well over his career average.  For his 17 seasons in the majors, Jeter  averaged a  homer every 40 at-bats, or
Jeter went yard twice against the Rangers yesterday
approximately one home run every nine or 10 games. The last two seasons, however, that average has skyrocketed to over 61 at-bats per home run. That's to be expected for any player as they get older, but the concept of Jeter (left) getting "old" still seems to be a tough one to swallow for most Yankees fans. As some who got into baseball right around 1993-94, the two players who've been great from then until now have been Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones, and both of them are now in the twilight of their careers--though they're both still pretty productive for the same teams they've played with their entire careers. Jeter posted his first-ever OPS+ under 100 last season, and he's on pace for another year with around a 90 OPS+, meaning he's slightly below the league average (compared to a career OPS+ of 118). Jeter proved yesterday that he still has his pop left in his bat, and the Yankees are certainly talented enough to send their captain packing with another World Series title--but this might be his last shot.

Honorable Mention

G. Sanchez (FLA): 4-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR, 2 2B, BB vs. Nationals
While starter Anibal Sanchez looked to be the Marlin destined for an honor today, throwing a perfect game through his first six innings, he fell victim to some hits in the 7th inning as well as a high pitch count, and so his start ends up being a great one, but not an all-time great one--as so many starts end up. Instead, another Sanchez finished with the best day on the Fish, as Gaby went 4-for-4 with three extra-base hits, scoring three runs and getting on base all five plate appearances to help the soon-to-be Miami Marlins beat the Nationals 8-0.

J. Terry & P. Stojakovic (DAL): 53 points (18-21 FG, 15-16 3PT) vs. Lakers
Yes, Dallas swept the Lakers. No, this isn't the only thing we have to say about the most surprising sweep of the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Yes, Phil Jackson had one of the weirder press conferences I've ever seen yesterday--if you want to know how to announce a retirement without actually announcing a retirement, then I highly suggest watching the Zen Master dance around those questions after yesterday's game. The Dallas bench went crazy in the 2nd quarter, helping the Mavs go into halftime with a 24-point lead and the series, and the bench consisted of Jason Terry, Peja Stojakovic, and J.J. Barea, who combined for 75 of the 122 Dallas points.

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