After all the drama over the weekend Jorge Posada is absent from the Yankees’ lineup for a third straight game tonight.
Alex Rodriguez is starting in his place at designated hitter, with Eduardo Nunez coming off the bench to play third base against Rays left-hander David Price.
However, there was a good chance Posada would have been benched versus Price anyway, as he’s just 1-for-18 lifetime off him and has zero hits in 24 at-bats against southpaws this season.
If Posada is out of the lineup tomorrow against right-hander James Shields then the story deserves to make headlines again, but for now this benching seems more strategic than punitive (although Derek Jeter may disagree).
There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.
The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)
So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).