Super-secret Joe Girardi would barely acknowledge that he has a player on the team named “Jose Molina,” let alone concede that Molina will be catching A.J. Burnett today, but let’s assume that he stays with that pairing.
Who is the Yankees DH tonight?
Girardi mentioned that Hideki Matsui has more “experience” at DH and that’s certainly true, but Matsui also is coming off an ugly 0-for-5 in Game 4 (with three strikeouts) and is 6-for-23 this postseason.
Jorge Posada, who has been on the bench the past two times Molina started, is only slightly better for the postseason (8-for-24) but has terrific numbers against Angels starter John Lackey (12-for-29). Against Lackey in Game 1, Posada was 0-for-3.
If it were me, I’d go with Matsui at DH. Using Posada there commits you to having either Molina or Francisco Cervelli in the lineup the whole night, whereas using Posada off the bench means he can be a straight sub for Molina and, late in the game, the Yankees will have both Matsui AND Posada in the lineup. It’s a tough call though. I could probably be convinced either way.