And The Juggernaut Rolls On

September 4, 2009 – 10:34 am

NYY 10, Toronto 5. Chad Gaudin got his opportunity to audition for post-season innings, and pretty much flunked it. He did make it through the batting order once somewhat unscathed, so perhaps that is encouraging. But the end result — of 20 batters he faced 9 got on via hit, walk, or HBP — is not what you want in critical playoff situations. Oh well, next up for auditions is Joba Chamberlain. Hopefully he’ll do a bit better.

Jorge Goes YardMeanwhile the offensive juggernaut just keeps rolling along. This time it was Jorge Posada leading the charge, going 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs. Every game it’s someone different, and with this lineup it could be anyone who steps up with the big game. Currently five of the nine regular starters have slugging averages over .500. And one of those who is below a .500 SLG is Derek Jeter, who has a BA of .330. The only real “soft” spot in the lineup is Melky Cabrera — and over the last 10 games, he’s batting .371. Talk about a circular lineup — there’s no reprieve for opposing pitchers anywhere. I guess at this point the only real question is whether or not they can keep up this pace for the rest of the year and in to the playoffs. Offensively, that has to be the real challenge for Girardi for the remainder of the season. Get everyone enough rest so that they are ready for the playoffs, but at the same time keep everyone going at the same pace they are on. A lot easier said than done, I suspect.

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