Thursday, September 20, 2012
First Pitch: The end of Andruw Jones?
By Mike Mazzeo
Would you carry Andruw Jones on your postseason roster?
Is it time to pull the plug on Andruw Jones?
Since July 19, the 35-year-old outfielder is hitting just .132 (12 hits in 91 at-bats with one homer) and slugging a mere .198.
On Wednesday night, manager Joe Girardi elected to start left-handed hitting Ichiro Suzuki over Jones in left with southpaw Ricky Romero on the mound. Granted, Suzuki came in hitting .360 against Romero.
Jones, notorious for his ability to mash lefties, is hitting just .201 against them in 164 at-bats.
Given that the postseason is fast approaching, does it make sense to have Jones on the roster, assuming the Yankees make it? After all, Jones is no longer the Gold Glove outfielder he once was.
The Yankees may be better off going with Brett Gardner for pinch-running/defensive purposes -- even if he can’t swing the bat.
Jones was once an extremely decorated player, and he had a fairly productive first 3 1/2 months of the season, belting 12 homers.
But it appears that he’s hit a wall, and it may be time for the Yankees to turn the page and move on.
QUESTION: What do you think the Yankees should do with Jones?
UP NOW: Andrew Marchand’s column on Andy Pettitte’s splendid return. Ian Begley and I filled up the blog with plenty of items from Wednesday’s doubleheader. Check it out.
ON DECK: The Yankees and Blue Jays complete their three-game series on Thursday night. It’ll be Phil Hughes (15-12, 3.96 ERA) vs. Aaron Laffey (3-5, 4.55). First pitch at 7:05 p.m.