Ever since Jorge Posada returned from his most recent stay on the DL, Joe Girardi has maintained a steady base lineup that he has tinkered with when players needed days off. The lineup:
Cabrera S/Gardner L
When Damon gets a day off, as he is tonight, Swisher or Cano bats second, and when Matsui or Posada get time off, Gardner or Cervelli gets in and bats 8th or 9th. Although the order of your lineup might make a very small difference in the long run, even the slightest of advantages can help decide things in a division this competitive. Looking at the lineup, it seems clear that one glaring issue must be remedied. Robinson Cano, while having a solid season and typically a second half player, is last among Yankee regulars in OBP. The Yankees need to move him down in the order until he starts hitting again. This would be my lineup:
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Cabrera S/Gardner L
This maintains the alternation of lefties and righties while keeping the better OBP guys higher in the lineup, as they should be. When Robinson Cano gets hot, he can certainly fill the 5 spot adequately. For now, however, he needs to be dropped.
What would your lineup be?
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