In an other wise relatively harmless article that was in yesterday’s Daily News, Mike Lupica said something that really got under my skin:
Cano covers No. 3 and No. 4 in the order, he covers no-show Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson and Brian Cashman letting Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui just walk out the door.
I’m not mad about the Cano praise, but I’m peeved by the comments on Granderson and Cashman. Why is Lupica blaming Granderson for getting hurt? It’s also worth noting that Granderson has been hitting well of late. Including last night, he’s batting .324/.390/.595 with four doubles and two homers–one a grand slam–since returning from his groin injury. I’m not sure what Lupica’s watching, but that comment seems totally unfounded.
As for the shot at Cashman? That’s completely unnecessary. The Yankees made offers to both Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon and they definitely made every effort to retain Johnny Damon, even offering him a two year contract when no one else was doing so.
How are the two of them performing? Matsui started hot, hit a skid, and is now back up to respectability with a .344 wOBA. Damon has cooled off as well, but is at a .354 wOBA, which is still good. Not including last night’s game, Brett Gardner’s wOBA is .377 and he’s been worth 1.4 WAR thus far, compared to Damon’s 1.0.
The Yankees are definitely doing more than okay without Matsui and Damon and Lupica’s comment is certainly out of line. But, then again, should I really expect something different out of him at this point?