In a way, Jorge Posada is on pace for a career year. If he keeps up this pace, he’ll shatter his season-high for home runs and reach a personal RBI total not seen in nearly a decade.
So why have I already received more than one email saying Posada should be replaced by Jorge Vazquez?
Because Posada’s batting .153 and having one of the more bizarre all-or-nothing months imaginable.
“I think he’s going to hit better as the season goes on,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s strange. You don’t see numbers like that very often.”
Assuming he keeps playing this often — which he probably won’t — Posada is on pace to hit 54 home runs and finish with 99 RBI. He might not have been especially good, but he’s been productive.
“I think you gotta take that,” Girardi said.
Granted, when Girardi said he would “take that,” he had wildly guessed Posada would end up with 120 RBI at this pace, but I’m sure the idea remains the same. If Posada were to truly obliterate his career-high in home runs and match his second-highest RBI total — he drove in 99 in 2002, a career-high 101 in 2003 — the Yankees would take that level of production and not worry about his batting average.
Posada would be the best .153 hitter in baseball.
But the chances of Posada keeping this pace are slim at best. The Yankees might very well be better off sacrificing some of those home runs in favor of a player who gets on base and has some runner-advancing hits here and there. And maybe Posada will begin to normalize toward him becoming that type of player.
“I wouldn’t say he’s struck out a ton,” Girardi said. “I could see if you’re striking out and it’s either a big hit or a miss, but I don’t necessarily see that either. It’s just, the only way I can describe it, it’s baseball, where weird things happen.”
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