Here are the lineups, via LoHud:
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera CF
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 1.37 ERA)
Chone Figgins [...]
Here are the lineups, via Peter Abraham (LoHud):
Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0 3.68).
From Joel Sherman:
Robinson Cano is hitting .301 vs. lefty pitchers, the same as Joe Mauer. But Cano has a .551 slugging percentage vs. southpaws as compared to Mauer’s .446. In fact, Cano has the second-best slugging percentage in the AL when it comes to lefty batters vs. lefty pitchers (minimum 100 plate appearances). [...]
Those of you who have been reading this blog from inception know that I championed flipping Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon in the batting order back in February. At the time, I said the following:
When considering these factors, it seems obvious that a switch should be made. The one element that supports keeping [...]
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:
Sky Kalkman over at Beyond the Boxscore has an article posted today about lineup optimization based on Tom Tango’s The Book, one of sabermetrics’ most important tomes. Read the full article for clarification, but the major point of the article can be condensed thusly:
Here’s how the lineup spots rank in the importance of [...]
Earlier this week, I suggested that the Yankees flip Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter in the batting order. My suggestion was based on the idea that you want your batter who makes more contact and hits fewer grounders batting second rather than first, if the two players are similarly skilled at reaching base. Dave [...]
The comments to the previous post (h/t Steve) brought up an issue that I felt deserved its own time in the sun. For much of the last two seasons, Derek Jeter’s penchant for hitting into double plays has prompted me to contend that he should be moved out of the 2 hole to the lead-off [...]
The Yankees opening day lineup last year included five left-handed hitters, two switch hitters (one being Melky), and two right-handed hitters. The team was heavily left-handed, hitting just .258/.339/.395 against left-handed pitching (versus .277/.343/.441 against right-handers) – a major weakness.
The Yankees subtracted Jason Giambi and Bobby Abreu, two lefties, and added Mark Teixeira, a [...]
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