Results for tag: lineup
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 17, 2010 at 06:40:38 PM

The Yankees' lineup is getting to a depressing place. Derek Jeter is hitting .182 this month, Robinson Cano .214. In the last week, Brett Gardner has suddenly gone to hacking. Marcus Thames, getting more playing time than is ideal, is batting .226, and slugging .226, and for all I know, tipping .226. Ramiro Pena is suddenly an everyday player, or nearly so, which is akin to  just cancelling a lineup spot like an unwanted magazine subscription. Francisco Cervelli can’t bloop his way to .390 forever, and even if he does, you’d like the occasional home run from your catcher.

With Nick Johnson to undergo surgery and be gone, conservatively, until the far side of the All-Star break, Joe Girardi intends to use a never-ending series of rotating designated hitters, which is fine

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 1, 2010 at 04:55:56 PM

Here’s an argument I never expected to be making: as the Yankees consider recasting their batting order to reflect their new acquisitions this offseason, the chronically impatient Robinson Cano should be batting higher in the order, perhaps as high as the second spot. It’s not an argument that I make with much enthusiasm, and as we proceed you will see that there are other moves that would be more optimal, but with Cano we have the problem of trying to put an oddly shaped set of skills to good use.

Before we get to Cano’s specific qualities, let’s acknowledge a couple of key factors about the Yankees’ batting order. First, many studies suggest that the difference between the optimal batting order and the least-optimal batting order is quite small. That said,

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