Today Raul Ibanez was in the lineup batting 5th and playing Right Field. He rewarded the Yankees by going 0-2 and continues to be hitting sub .200 over the last two months, with .053 in September and .224 overall this season. He hasn't had a home run since August 5th and is slugging .231 since then.
Chris Dickerson is clearly a better option than Ibanez right now and the Yankees need to stop playing Ibanez regularly as they afford the automatic outs. Dickerson is a better hitter than either Jones or Ibanez right now and is a better fielder so it makes no sense to keep running those guys out there, but the Yankees will likely keep Jones out there against lefties, even though he has done nothing.That being said it makes no sense to keep playing Ibanez over Dickerson and I am calling out the Yankees on it right now. There is not even a reason for Ibanez to be on the Roster right now and with Brett Gardner reportedly coming back then I hope he gets DFA. Chris Dickerson also gets credit for being a legitimate stolen base threat so in every single facet of the game Dickerson is the better choice. During this pressured pennant race Girardi has made some questionable decisions and to me playing Ibanez over Dickerson is chief among them.