Monday, October 20, 2008

A Man For All Postseasons

Well, I'll say this much. The Red Sox made it interesting. For the first time under Terry Francona, they lost an elimination game. Regardless, I still think game 5 was an instant classic. It certainly left an indelible impression on me.

And I would be remiss if I didn't comment on Youk's play this postseason. After all, when you get right to it that is what this blog is about. Overall, he did pretty well. In 48 ABs he hit .292 with a .346 OBP and a .590 SLG, had 2 HRs, 4 doubles, scored 6 runs, and drove in 7. Eerily similar to what Shawn Green did in '04 and '06. In the ALCS, Youkilis hit .333 with a .375 OBP and a .633 SLG, had 2 HRs, 3 doubles, scored 4 runs, and drove in 6.

It should be noted that Youkilis has now surpassed Hank Greenberg in a number of postseason categories. No small feat, considering Greenberg's numbers (as you might expect) are very good. Of course, back when Greenberg played, the postseason only consisted of the World Series. I think that's something that shouldn't be downplayed.

In 85 ABs (23 games), Greenberg hit .318 with a .420 OBP and a .625 SLG, had 5 HRs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, scored 17 runs, and drove in 22.

In 99 ABs (26 games), Youkilis is hitting .333 with a .407 OBP and a .616 SLG, has 6 HRs, 8 doubles, 1 triple, has scored 22 runs, and has driven in 17.

The Red Sox will, in all likelihood, have a few offseason decisions to make, but it certainly appears the squad they have right now should be in contention for years to come. Props to Theo Epstein on a job well done. Not even 35 yet, and he already has two rings under his belt. Is there a better GM in baseball?

I'll leave you with this sweet play by Youk from the ALCS. Gotta love the man's instincts.

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