According to Chad Jennings, Jorge Posada started catching drills yesterday, so we can assume that the three catcher era of the 2010 Yankee season is about to come to an end.
And, while Jorge Posada hasn’t hit hotly since coming off of the disabled list, this will be a welcome move. Since May 15th–the day after reaching a 1.012 OPS on the season–Francisco Cervelli has hit just .172/.282/.203/.485. The walk rate is encouraging, but everything else is unacceptable. I’ve long said that the Yankees could stick with Posada at DH and Cervelli at catcher until it was clear that the latter could not be in the lineup every day. It’s clear that Francisco Cervelli should not be in the every day lineup.
This should come as no surprise. There was obviously no way Cervelli was going to be that good a hitter for any extended period of time and his success as a hitter going forward is still unclear. As previously mentioned, his increased walk rate in this season is very welcome, but that .068 IsoP (not including last night) is more than “meh.” But, to be fair, no one’s expecting him to put up power numbers. If he can keep up his 9+% walk rate and maintain a .329 wOBA, though, while providing solid defense, I’ll be thrilled with him as a backup.
There is, however, a caveat to the end of this “era”. It’s only been six days since Posada was activated, so unless the Yankees can fake an injury rather quickly, they’ll have to wait four more days to recall Juan Miranda to fill in as the vs. RHP DH. I assume Marcus Thames will be the vs. LHP DH.
Adding Miranda and losing Chad Moeller gives the Yankees a little more pop on their bench and makes their lineup against righties a little stronger. His .319 wOBA doesn’t inspire much confidence, but his .217 IsoP and 9.8% BB rate have me hopeful. Here’s an early farewell (for a second time) to Chad Moeller. It’s been real?