Via John Harper –
With Jose Molina gone this year, the question of whether Jorge Posada catches A.J. Burnett in the postseason wasn’t supposed to be an issue, and maybe it won’t be. But more and more it’s starting to look as if Francisco Cervelli might be the new Molina.
Essentially Cervelli has been Burnett’s personal catcher this season, even if Joe Girardi insists it has just worked out as the best way to give Posada the days off that he needs.
And Burnett’s ERA is dramatically higher with Posada behind the plate this season. So even though there have been no signs of them clashing as batterymates as they did last year, something still doesn’t seem to click.
It’s a limited sample, to be sure, as Posada has caught only 38 of Burnett’s 178-1/3 innings pitched this season, but the righthander’s ERA is 7.28 with Posada behind the plate, compared to 4.35 with Cervelli.
Girardi must have his own reservations or certainly at this point in the season he would make it a point to have Burnett and Posada work together, if indeed he plans to pair them together in the postseason.
Yet once again Cervelli was catching Wednesday night for Burnett’s start against the Rays.
It’s pretty obvious, for the last two seasons now, that Girardi will not catch Posada when Burnett is throwing. Then again, the Yankees did win a ring last year with this “situation.” So, it can’t be used as an excuse for anything this season, can it?