Hip, Hip, Jorge Is Back! Right?

August 14, 2011 – 11:13 am

NYY 9, Tampa Bay 2.

  • Jorge PosadaSo the rumors of Jorge Posada’s early retirement seem to have been somewhat exaggerated, hey? Wow, what a day for Jorge — 3-for-5 with 6 RBIs and a grand slam which pretty much put the game out of reach for the Yankees. Obviously this is just one game, and could easily be a fluke, but here’s hoping this is what finally turns the season around for Posada. It’s really painful to watch someone who has had such a great career flame out so quickly. How nice would it be to see Posada make a significant contribution over the remainder of the series, play a non-trivial part in a successful post-season, and then retire on a high note?
  • Meanwhile Phil Hughes didn’t do anything to make Joe Girardi’s upcoming pitching rotation decisions any easier, showing shades of the old Hughes by going six innings, and giving up just two runs on six hits and most importantly striking out six, the first time he’s done that all year.
  • I’d love to know exactly what the strategy of Girardi, Cashman, and the Steinbrenners is for the rest of the season. They’ve got all kinds of strategic issues to resolve with the starting rotation, the batting order, and even with the DH position with yesterday’s Posada awakening. But how they resolve these, I would think, will depend on just how much priority you put on winning the division vs. getting ready for the playoffs. With a very comfortable eight game lead in the wild card, do you not rock the boat with “controversial” lineup changes and just get everyone ready for the playoffs? Or do you start tweaking the lineup with your best performing players in order to make a run at the division title?

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