But there is one glaring, annoying, hole in this team: There’s no one available to DH that hits right-handed pitching all that well. The Yankees have three guys in the mix at DH right now, Jorge Posada, Eric Chavez, and Andruw Jones, and all of the have their issues. You certainly know about Posada already, so we won’t dwell on that anymore. Chavez started out the season doing quite well at the plate, hitting .303/.410/.424 when he hit the disabled list in early May, but that has proven to be unsustainable, and right now he’s hitting just .275/.336/.367. And while Andruw Jones has been a pleasant surprise since I was ready to run him out of town, he’s also been a true platoon player, and has a wOBA of just .316 against right-handed pitchers (compared to .399 against southpaws).
Now, on some level this is pretty much the definition of a first world problem. The Yankees as a team have one of the best offenses in baseball, currently sitting atop the American League in both wOBA and wRC+, just a touch ahead of the Red Sox. Still, hitting is basically the only thing you ask a DH to do, so it’s not exactly a good thing to not have a single above average option against most of the pitchers in the league.
So what can be done about it? Well, not much. A trade isn’t happening today, I wouldn’t imagine, and after today any new addition wouldn’t be eligible for the playoffs anyway. I’m a little bit miffed as to why the Yankees didn’t place a claim on Lance Berkman when the Cardinals tried to pass him through waivers, considering he’s been one of the best hitters in baseball this year, and would have been an awfully good addition for this team.
But that ship has sailed now, so the only real option is Jesus Montero. The Yankees’ top prospect has been hot of late, bringing his season line up to .288/.348/.467, and should be getting a call soon after rosters expand. Once he’s in the Bronx, he should get plenty of chances to hit, if for no other reason than to see what he can do at the next level and let him get a feel for big league pitching. Considering the low baseline the other options present, there’s a good chance Montero could hit well enough to be a legitimate upgrade for this team better in October.