Where Roberts really excels this season is in his doubles output. He leads the league with 48, which puts 60 doubles in reach for the year, if not the 78-year-old record of 67 doubles by
By the way, the list of most hits among active players never to play in the playoffs looks like this:
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Wagner has the right to accept an arbitration offer after the season from Boston, but it's not without some risk. Salaries established through arbitration are not guaranteed, so Boston theoretically could cut him in spring training if they don't like the way he's throwing and be on the hook only for some termination pay, not what could be a $9 million arbitration award. But more realistically, the risk is with Wagner. The guy wants to get 400 saves. He wants to be a closer, not a setup man. So saying yes to an arbitration offer puts Wagner, at 38, in exactly the position he does not want.
Sabathia, 28, was a particularly valuable pickup because he gives New York not just power but also youth, a rare commodity in New York and an important one because many of New York's recent older starters broke down or were in decline.
Just how rare is Sabathia's youthful power in pinstripes? In the Wild-Card Era (since 1994), the Yankees have used 57 starting pitchers in their 20s. None of them struck out 175 batters in a season -- at least until Sabathia does so. In the past 40 years only three Yankees pitchers struck out 175 batters in a season before they turned 30: