The Times sure makes a case:
John Flaherty will catch Randy Johnson on Sunday for the 13th time this season. In 12 games with Flaherty, Johnson is 6-1 with a 3.84 earned run average. In 13 games with Jorge Posada, he is 5-6 with a 4.55 E.R.A.
Joe Torre said Flaherty had a better feel for Johnson’s mechanics, which often need adjusting during games. Flaherty stays on Johnson about keeping his arm angle high, and the results have usually been good.
“We’re not hurting Jorge’s feelings, because he seems to understand,” Torre said. “Because Randy is so big, if things get out of rhythm a little bit, you can pick it up if you see him a lot.”
Flaherty has caught all but one of Johnson’s starts since June 11.
I think many Yankees fans expected Unit to be something like 12-3 at this stage of the season, when the Yankees traded for him last winter.
Perhaps it’s time to consider a new starting catcher for next year? Posada can be traded. I wonder if Showalter would take Jorge in exchange for Rod Barajas and Gary Matthews Jr.?