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Jorge Posada will be Yankees’ designated hitter in ALDS

Sep 29, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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Remember back in August when Joe Girardi benching Jorge Posada as the Yankees’ starting designated hitter was a big story?

Posada ended up starting just 12 of the Yankees’ final 45 games at DH (plus a couple starts at first base), but Girardi announced that he’ll turn back to Posada as the starting DH for the ALDS against the Tigers.

Girardi technically announced that Posada would be the DH versus right-handed pitchers, but the Tigers’ playoff rotation won’t feature any left-handers. All of which means Jesus Montero will begin his postseason career as a bench bat despite hitting .328 with a .996 OPS in his 18-game debut.

Posada was a mess against lefties this season, going 6-for-65 (.092) with zero homers, but he can still get the job done against righties, batting .269 with 14 homers and an .814 OPS in 316 plate appearances.

  1. bigharold - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    It makes sense inasmuch as Posada has a wealth of big game experience and presure situations. Besides, Posada knows this is his last run at the big prize, .. he’ll be ready.

    • JBerardi - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      On the other hand, Montero is a better hitter. But screw that, go with “experience”.

      You know why Posada has such a great wealth of experience? Because he’s old enough to be Montero’s dad.

      • foreverchipper10 - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:51 PM

        While Montero has put up solid number in his debut he is not that great a hitter. Sure he has the raw power numbers but in AAA that was all he was. A masher. He is an all or nothing player and for now going with Posada is probably the wise choice.

      • deathmonkey41 - Sep 29, 2011 at 7:38 PM

        Yeah, maybe when Montero becomes a more solid and disciplined hitter, who hits for high average, has a chance of going first to third on a single, and who never grounds into doubleplays to kill rallies- like Posada, then he’ll deserve to play. This decision should be tied to Girardi’s future with the team. If Posada goes like 1 for 12 with 3 DPs in the series and the Yanks lose, Girardi should be fired.

  2. #TheMoneyTeam - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    do the yanks really think posada can catch up to a verlander fastball? experience is important but montero been flat out better even if it’s a small sample. i love my yanks but what irks me about them is they give in too much to the older players. their is always someone who comes out of the playoffs doing well that no one expected and i think that could of been montero if he was a starter

    • pisano - Sep 29, 2011 at 7:10 PM

      Good point, I’m afraid Posada will take a lot of called third strikes off of Verlander. His bat isn’t very quick and Verlander can bring it, hence called or swinging third strikes. Jorge, please prove me wrong, this is your last big show.

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