You can't easily replace future Hall of Fame players in the lineup, but the Yankees have to do better than Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez as fill ins for Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.
Even after two hits last night, Pena is at .215. The Yankee announcers push his 16 RBI's as proof of key hits but there's no sale on that here. Nunez has just been called up and had a big hit the other day, but what if A-Rod and/.or Jeter went down for a significant period of time. A-Rod could be iffy as it is. Do you want to go into post season with these two young guys?
Do you like the Yankees bench over, say the Phillies? Of course not. They have the likes of Wilson Valdez, Ben Francisco, Ross Gload and newly acquired Mike Sweeney.
The Yankees used the trading deadline to get a designated hitter--Lance Berkman--who did not distinguish himself at the plate and wound up on the disabled list.
If the Yankees and Phillies meet again, the bench could play a big role. And right now the Phillies have a distinct advantage.