This isn’t an overreaction to the Yankees being swept by the Red Sox, as bad as that was it was just three games after all. However, the Yankees do need to call up Jesus Montero for help simply because he is the most fit to do the job they need done.
First of all, Russell Martin is hurt. He has a back injury that not only kept him out of the last two games, but it was bad enough that they had to send him for an MRI to get checked out. Combine that with a knee injury that needed surgery over the offseason and Martin’s body seems like a ticking time bomb.
Martin really isn’t getting the job done at the plate either. Sure, his overall numbers are good. He’s played good defense while putting up a .785 OPS or a 113 OPS+. However, most of that came from a hot start to the season where he hit .328 with a 1.099 OPS over the first 17 games of the year.
Since April 25 he has been downright bad though, hitting just .189 with a .614 OPS. Those are bad numbers even from a good defensive catcher. The Yankees might as well of re-signed Jose Molina if they want a catcher with those numbers.
Francisco Cervelli doesn’t offer much relief either. He can’t even throw the ball down to second base he’s that bad defensively and he isn’t much better with the stick either. In just 42 plate appearances this year, he is hitting just .222 with a .654 OPS and a 78 OPS+.
Now Montero can’t provide the defense Martin has been able to provide, but he certainly is the best hitter of the three. Also, I don’t care what people say about his defense, he can’t be worse than Cervelli. If he can throw the ball to second base without the runners consistently taking third then he’s ahead of the game.
Ideally the Yankees would call him up and have him split the rest of the season with Martin behind the plate and have Montero DH a few times a week as well. That way they get some quality at bats from their catcher for a change and some good defense from Martin a few times a week as well. Who knows, maybe if Martin isn’t playing so much his bat might come back to the April form none of us can seem to forget.
Call up Montero, now!