Yankee Fans: How Good Do You Feel About This Lineup?

Perry ArnoldSenior Analyst IJanuary 19, 2010

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Francisco Cervelli #29 of the New York Yankees at bat against the Kansas City Roylas during the game on September 29, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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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

Alex Rodriguez 3B

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:

Jeter

Swisher

Tex

ARod

Posada

Cano

Granderson

Cervelli

Gardner

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:

Jeter

Johnson

Tex

ARod

Posada

Cano

Swisher

Granderson

Gardner

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?