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The Yankees DH decision

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 22, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jorge Posada was benched on August. 7. That’s the day Joe Girardi committed to Eric Chavez* and told Posada he was no longer the Yankees regular designated hitter against right-handed pitchers.

Since that day, Chavez has hit .107/.194/.179. Posada has hit .462/.563/.692, with those numbers boosted by his three-hit return to the lineup a week after his benching.

Some of this is a problem of sample size. Those Chavez numbers are spread across 28 at-bats. The Posada numbers come from 13 at-bats. It’s hard to make broad judgments on such “evidence,” but it also speaks to the volatility of figuring out what to do with the DH spot down the stretch.

At the time that Chavez moved ahead of Posada, Chavez was hitting .344/.364/.438 since coming off the disabled list. He seemed to be picking up right where he left off, and Posada seemed to be regressing since his red-hot month of June. He’d hit .205/.259/.244 since July 1. At the time, Chavez over Posada

There aren’t a lot of huge sample sizes left unless the Yankees make a decision and stick with it.

* I guess he really committed to Chavez and Eduardo Nunez, but Chavez seems to be the guy in that role now that Alex Rodriguez is back.

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