I don't know know if I'd hit Nunez for Posada just yet. I think we need to give Jorge more time. Remember, this is his first go round at DH and it's quite a bit different from catching where you're involved with each pitch. It's gotta be killing him.
I also don't think you move Jeter yet. Sure, if the Yanks had a bona fide top 1-2 hitter you'd think about it but they don't. I'd give him a longer leash and see if he can somehow come out of it.
No way do I DH with Nunez. Jorge still has his bat speed and of his first, what? 10 hits, 6 were home runs. Now he's starting to hit solid line drives up the middle for base hits too, so his stroke is coming back to "normal". Jorge is and will be fine. And yeah, I'm willing to give Jete a little longer rope at the top of the order before moving him down. I'm sure he'll suggest it himself when the time is right to "take the pressure off" of Girardi having to make the decision. He is, after all, The Captain.
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There is a guy named Jorge Vazquez in the minors that can rake(at least at the AAA level) but no way in heck are they going to bring him up to replace Jorge. Jorge isn't going anywhere as long as he's healthy. Same with Jeter unless his numbers drop to the 220-230 range. It's getting painful to watch Jetes play like this for this long. Time waits for no one.
Currently, Nunez's offensive numbers are .385/.429 (OBP)/.538 (slug) -- .967 OPS. That's currently the best on the Yankee team. By contrast, Posada is .154/.238/.374 -- .611. Even with the home runs, Posada's slugging numbers are significantly lower than Nunez.
Now, I understand that Nunez has compiled his gaudy stats in a limited number of at bats. I doubt he's a .900 OPS guy in the long term. Still, his career OPS is .740 and he was in that range in triple A ...
All I'm saying is that while Posada is struggling, give Nunez some extended moments at DH to see if he can sustain his high level of performance. If not, go back to Posada, then think about calling up Vasquez (who was great in preseason for the Yankees and is currently .892 OPS in Scranton) or Montera (who is batting .372 in Scranton, although with little power).
Now, I understand that Nunez has compiled his gaudy stats in a limited number of at bats. I doubt he's a .900 OPS guy in the long term. Still, his career OPS is .740 and he was in that range in triple A ... [/QUOTE]
I think it's pretty silly to champion Nunez as a realistic DH candidate based on his 14 plate appearances in 2011, nor do I think 53 plate appearances in 2010 of .321/.360/.681 makes much of a case either. While he was decent enough in AAA as you point out, a career .318 minor league obp and .369 slugging doesn't strike me as much of a resume for extended playing time if defense isn't a consideration. I'm not sure what old-time sterotype it is that leads me to dismiss him as a DH, unless not wanting poor hitters at DH is an old-time sterotype.
I think this would be foolishly grasping at a hot bat based on a few good at-bats, when there's little chance Nunez is realistically that good a hitter. I think such moments at DH are far better invested in getting Posada in a groove than in hoping a middling hitter has caught lightning. I'm not without concern that the ship has sailed on Posada, but I think he's far more likely to produce than Nunez is, regardless of their respective starts.All I'm saying is that while Posada is struggling, give Nunez some extended moments at DH to see if he can sustain his high level of performance.
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The Yanks don't lack power -- they are on pace to hit more home runs than any team in history (although it's still early). But they are struggling to get men on base. I repeat ... Nunez -- for now -- can help in that area more than Posada.
I know he's not going to slug .550 plus (as he is now), but if you look at his career, he's been a very solid on-base guy since he turned 20 ... in the .350 range. Just as Jeter's current numbers are a combination of his declining skills and a cold stretch; Nunez's current outstanding stats could be seen as a reflection of his improving skills (he's barely 22) as much as a hot streak.
I just think the Yankees should give him the at bats we need to see how much of his team-high OPS is just a hot streak and how much is a reflection of his rising offensive skills. And with his weak glove, the one place to give him those at bats is at DH.
Unfortunately, I fear that Joe is like so many fans -- wedded to the stereotype of what a DH should be.
Derek Jeter just hit his first home run of the year, a line drive shot to right center in Texas! El Capitan isn't ready to be put out to pasture just yet! He is 3 for 3 today, and he just missed a home run yesterday, hitting the top of the wall when he got a double. All he needed was some warm weather to heat up his bat!
Of course, it helps that Berkman is healthy...and knock on wood he will get enough rest and off days to keep those knees of his healthy.
Obviously the AVG is going to come down, but he could hit 30hrs and take 100rbis. Thats a killer year for a 35-yr old.