I was just looking at the Yankees hitters stats against Curt Schilling.
Damon, Cano and Posada have owned Schilling in their career. When they face Curt, it’s like batting practice for them.
Whereas Jeter and A-Rod can’t touch Schilling. Giambi’s been all-or-nothing against Schilling: .269 OBP and a .583 SLG%.
Lastly, Abreu has done well against Schilling in his career as well. Bernie Williams has also hit Schilling well in the past – but he was younger in the past too.
The A-Rod numbers off Schilling are .179/.207/.393 (BA/OBP/SLG) in 28 ABs (with 8 K’s). Jeter is just as bad: .222/.243/.306 in 36 ABs (with 11 Ks).
Does it make sense for Torre to play Green at 3B tonight – going for defense (which Mussina would love) and then bat Posada 5th and Cano 6th in the line-up? (And, give Alex the night off in the process.)
What are the odds of this happening?
It’s a shame – because, based on the numbers, it’s the right move. It’s like sitting Tino and Boggs in the 1996 World Series. But, that was a different Torre, I guess.
I just hope that Torre does not give Giambi the night off – and then bats A-Rod clean-up. Having Jeter and A-Rod one batter apart against Schilling is like giving the Red Sox 4 innings where they know they can get two quick outs.
I also hope that Damon, Cano, Posada and Abreu do what they always do against Schilling this evening.