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Posada contributes, but obstacles ahead

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 14, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jorge Posada is batting .339 since the whole flap at the Boston game May 14 when Joe Girardi tried to drop him to ninth in the order and Posada declined to play. There could be a correlation.

“I think everything kind of came to a head for Georgie on that day,” Girardi said. “I think he was able to release some frustration, and it was probably good for him. It was probably good for all of us. He’s continued to work. He’s put good at-bat after good at-bat. It’s turned around for him. We believed he was going to hit. It just took a little bit longer this year than it has for some other guys, but he’s swung the bat great.”

Posada went singled in four at-bats in the 1-0 loss to the Indians Monday night. So he has hit in a season-high seven straight, matching his longest streak from last season. The 39-year-old DH is batting .538 in this latest stretch, at 14 for 26. He actually had started to hit better even before May 14. Since May 8, he’s batting .333 (24 for 72) with five doubles and six RBI in 23 games.

The problem for him now is that Texas has two lefties going in the final two games of the series and then there are six straight games in NL parks, negating the DH. We’ll see if Girardi starts him against one of the lefties. Posada is batting .094 from the right side, now 3 for 32 after starting 0 for 27.




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