Yankee Fans: How Good Do You Feel About This Lineup?
The consensus right now seems to be that barring injuries Jorge Posada will catch between 100 and 110 games. He will DH for probably 30 more.
The consensus right now seems to be that the Yankee outfield will be Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher.
So think about 50-60 games when Posada will not squat behind the plate and his place will be taken by Francisco Cervelli.
The Yankee lineup will look something like this if Posada sits out and does not DH:
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF
For those games when Posada is the DH and Johnson sits Girardi may choose to put either Swisher or Granderson in the two hole. That will probably depend on whether a left handed pitcher is throwing for the other team.
Granderson hit something like .180 against lefties last year so you don't want him hitting like that behind Jeter.
But no matter who hits there your lineup looks like this:
I am just wondering whether these batting orders engender any confidence among Yankee fans or do they simply make opposing pitching staffs drool.
Come to think of it, even when Posada is behind the plate and we put our best offense on the field, the order is:
The bottom three, if they play the entire season will have a combined average of about .255 and will strike out 350 times. How long has it been since we saw a Yankee batting order this weak? Maybe 1969?
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