May 9, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (31) during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Yankees defeated the Rockies 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees Should Leave Ichiro On The Bench….For Now


Going into 2013, we all knew about the Yankees “austerity” plan; get below $189 million for 2014. So in free agency, they re-signed their own guys, like Hiroki Kuroda and added guys like Travis Hafner to one year deals. The only guy who got more than one year was Ichiro Suzuki. He got a two year deal with the thinking that he’d be the right fielder for the next two years. Now the question is, should he even be starting right now?

Let’s take a look at Ichiro, month-by-month since the beginning of last season:

March and April: .294/.311/.382

May: .250/.299/.352

June: .278/.294/.383

July: .222/.248/.306

August: .297/.319/.440

September/October: .362/.376/.486

2013:

April: .268/.315/.329

May (as of 5/19): .200/.228/.327

Not exactly robust, though he was a huge contributor down the stretch last season. With Curtis Granderson‘s return, Vernon Wells‘ return from mediocrity, and Brett Gardner providing excellent center field defense, where does that leave Ichiro?

To me, it should be right next to Ben Francisco on the bench, unless Hafner can’t play. One of the things that Ichiro used to be able to do so well is get infield hits, but with age, he’s not as fast as he used to be and can’t do it as much as he used to.

You can’t bench Granderson because he has huge lefty pop and is a better player right now than Ichiro. Gardner gives the Yankees speed and defense and has been able to hold his own with the stick so far. Wells gives right handed pop, something the Yankees really don’t have with that Alex Rodriguez guy and Kevin Youkilis on the shelf.

Right now, Ichiro should be the odd man out. Will this be the case a month from now? A week from now? You never know with the amount of Yankee injuries this year. For now though, it’s time to bench him.

 

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  • Bill B

    Don’t be silly and ask me to point to facts. Again you guys need to relax. He will be fine and he will continue to start and he will produce and the Yankees are still the team to beat. Leave him on the bench. What are you crazy? there are many DH options and ways to shuffle the line-up rather than leave out a hall of famer. Again with the stats. Has not this season shown you stats schmats???

    • http://twitter.com/jasonjpevans Jason Evans

      Bill, I said for now he should be on the bench. The fact is right now he’s not the best option to play everyday. This can change as the season moves along

  • Corethree

    You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all the time. Hey, i just made that up! And i got a bridge for sale.