Before last night’s game — when the only controversy was Jorge Posada’s spot in the order — Joe Girardi was asked whether Posada would remain the Yankees designated hitters against left-handed pitchers.
“I’ll worry about that as we get to left-handed pitchers in the next few days,” Girardi said.
The Yankees get to a left-handed pitcher tonight when they face Jon Lester. There was no commitment to Posada before yesterday’s game, and there was certainly no commitment to him after yesterday’s game.
If Posada’s not the Yankees starting designated hitter tonight, it might very well have more to do with the past month and a half than the past 24 hours.
Posada doesn’t have a single hit against a lefty this season. He’s 0-for-24.
Andruw Jones hasn’t been good this year, but he’s been better than that. Nick Swisher is 12-for-30 (a .400 average) against lefties this season, and the other two outfielders might be the hottest hitters in the Yankees lineup. Right now, those four seem to be better options against a left-hander than Posada.
I have no idea whether Posada will be in the lineup tonight — whether he’s in or out, he will almost certainly remain the biggest story of the night — but if Posada’s held out of tonight’s lineup, I’m not sure it will be because of a new issue. It will more likely be because of the same old issue that led to this mess in the first place.