Swisher and Posada are Sitting for Game 2

So Sam Borden just posted the lineups for tonight’s game and there are a couple of changes. That is, Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada are out and Jose Molina and Jerry Hairston Jr. are in.

There are simple reasons for both of these moves. The first, putting Hairston in for Swisher is probably the easiest to understand of the two. Hairston has a career .370 average and .952 OPS against tonight’s starter Pedro Martinez during his career. Not helping Swisher’s case is the fact that he’s been utterly pathetic during the playoffs, maybe a night off will give him a kick in the ass.

The other, Molina in for Posada, is because Joe Girardi is a numbers guy and in this situation the numbers definitely favor Molina. Girardi likes using Molina to catch AJ Burnett because Burnett has had a lot more success with Molina back there as opposed to Posada. Not helping Posada’s case is his career numbers against Pedro, a .183 average and a .740 OPS.

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