In his past four games, Posada has 10 hits, and he’s raised his batting average 46 points. Obviously there’s still reason for skepticism, but the change is so drastic that it’s impossible to ignore.
“Just (hard work) paying off now,” Posada said. “I’m just waiting for the ball a little longer and hitting the ball to all fields and really seeing it better… Just look forward to the next at-bat and look forward to the next day.”
We’re talking about 16 at-bats. The sample size is beyond small, and I still believe that Posada needs more a few good games to convince the world that he’s back, but there’s also a sense in baseball that things rarely turn a corner this quickly. Hot streaks often start with good at-bats that come before the good results. Maybe that’s happened for Posada. Joe Girardi said Posada’s at-bats have been better since the West Coast trip, and now the results are beginning to follow.
Of course, it’s also possible to look back to that day when Posada erupted and backed out of start at Yankee Stadium. Is it possible that was the storm before the calm, and one bad day actually did some good?
“I think that Jorge was able to express a lot of frustration with the way things were going that day,” Girardi said. “And I think it helped him. Jorge’s the kind of guy that sometimes keeps things in, and I think he was able to express it that day, and the next couple days. And I think it helped.”