…they would bench Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira in Game 4 of the ALDS – and then play Eric Chavez at third, Jorge Posada at first, and Jesus Montero at DH.
But, that’s never going to happen. It’s no longer 1996 in Yankeeland. And, it’s way too much money to send to the pine. Also, way too much fall out to follow such a move from the players and the media.
I just hope that they have enough nerve to remove Burnett from the game the minute he allows his second run to score – no matter what the inning. Then again, I could see them replacing A.J. with Phil Hughes, if it’s early, and then Dough-Boy Large Head implodes and the game gets out of hand in a hurry. (Think of the hand-off between Kevin Brown and Javy Vazquez in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. Yes, it could be that ugly.)
Ah, heck, maybe something good happens Tuesday night? Maybe, somehow, the game is close for five innings and then General Joe goes to Robertson for two innings – and then to Mo for another two? Hey, that’s pushing it. But, the Yankees backs are against the wall here. They have to play this one like it’s sudden death…because it is…
But, in any event, the Yankees have to start getting some production from their fourth and fifth slots in the line-up.
A-Rod and Tex have done nothing so far this series. Granted, it’s only three games. But, Teixeira has never done anything for the Yankees in the post-season outside of the 2010 ALDS. And, Alex Rodriguez has done little for the Yankees in October outside of the 2004 ALDS and the 2009 Anthony Galea Spectacular! And, the Yankees are not playing the Twins now – like they did in the 2004 and 2010 ALDS. And, “Dr. G” ain’t around to stick anyone in the butt right now.
Bench ‘em, really. And, if not both, then at least one of them – and move the other one down to eighth in the line-up. It’s time.