For most teams this dynamic might present a problem, though, forcing a bench player into the lineup more often than you’d like to see, but the Yankees have gotten extremely fortunate with the production they’ve gotten out of Eric Chavez this season. Chavez has always been known for his defensive abilities at the hot corner, but this year he’s backing that up with well above average production as a platoon hitter, batting .302/.359/.550 with 8 home runs in 142 plate appearances against right handed hitters. What’s particularly nice about that is that, thanks to Brett Gardner‘s season long stint on the disabled list, Chavez has been forced into a de facto platoon at the DH spot when he’s not playing third.
What this dynamic does do, however, is complicate the Yankees’ reported interest in the trade market for outfielders quite a bit. Because right now the Yankees are essentially platooning Chavez and Raul Ibanez against right-handed pitchers, and those two have a wRC+ of 141 and 108, respectively, against opposite hand pitchers.… Click here to read the rest