The Yankees aren’t scoring runs. They’ve lost 6 straight games. At some point, Girardi needs to shake things up. He doesn’t have control over everything – he can’t force a team to trade a hitter to the Yankees – but he does have control over the lineup that he writes down every day. That lineup doesn’t make the biggest difference in the world every day, but it could easily make the difference between winning a few extra games every year and not.
Derek Jeter is going to be in the Yankee lineup for some time now. He’s hitting just well enough right now to equal an average AL shortstop – they’re that terrible – but certainly not well enough to justify leading off. The lead off hitter is important – he gets the most plate appearances (#1 hitters will get more than 100 at bats more than #9 hitters over the whole season) on the team and gets on base in front of the Yankees top power hitters. When you throw away those at-bats with one of your worst hitters, you cost your teams runs.
In the past year or so, the argument against moving Derek Jeter down in the lineup has been, basically, that he’s got too much pride and garners too much respect to make it happen. I’ve never bought this argument – the Posada situation shows how quickly these things calm down – and I think that at some point, you get desperate enough to put down the best possible lineup. After the horrible two weeks that we’ve had, I think this is one of the “desperate enough” moments. Jeter can whine and complain all he wants. The Yankees should still put the best lineup down.
What is that lineup? I have three suggestions:
Each one has its appeals. Personally, I understand the argument for a L/R stagger (preventing opposition bullpens from squaring off against your platoon splits easily), but I think it is overrated. I regard the unbalanced lineup as the best pseudo-realistic lineup of the three (Alex Rodriguez gets bumped out of cleanup, but he’s still in a pretty good spot), but I also recognize that Gardner and Granderson make a tempting target for opposition LOOGYs. The solution to that problem is probably Andruw Jones off the bench.
Why consistently bat Nick Swisher 7th? Its really just a personal preference. Unlike Jeter and Posada, Swisher is still in the prime of his career. He’s slumping, and may need some serious fixing from Kevin Long, but its hard to believe that he’ll be a .600 OPS hitter for most of the season. It could happen, but I don’t think its likely. Posada and Jeter, on the other hand, are meeting reasonable expectations. A lot of this is personal preference, for example where to place Arod, Granderson, etc. If you were Girardi, what lineup would you take?
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