Yankees Should Bat Gardner Second

Nicholas LianosCorrespondent IMay 2, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 30:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrates his game tying fifth inning two run home run against the Chicago White Sox with teammate Brett Gardner #11 on April 30, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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With Curtis Granderson out for at least one month and maybe more Joe Girardi should insert Brett Gardner into the second spot in the lineup.

While Gardner might not be the typical number two hitter but his ability to steal and disrupt a pitchers concentration when on base will make things easier for Teixeira and ARod. 

Look at the lineup with Gardner in the two spot:

  1. Derek Jeter SS R
  2. Brett Gardner CF L
  3. Mark Teixeira 1B S
  4. Alex Rodriguez 3B R
  5. Robinson Cano 2B L
  6. Jorge Posada C S
  7. Nick Swisher RF S
  8. Nick Johnson DH S
  9. Randy Winn LF S

The batting lineup is longer with Gardner in the top of the order. You have Nick Swisher and Nick Johnson in the bottom who take plenty of pitches. The middle of the order is protected with Tex, Arod, Cano and Posada. Cano is the hottest hitter in the game right now and while Posada has cooled off from his start he still a threat in the lineup.

With a lefty going against the Yankees insert Marcus Thames to the DH spot. Thames kills left-handers. With Thames at the DH spot this will allow the Yankees to keep the best defensive team in with Winn, Gardner and Swisher.

When Posada is gets a day off and Cervelli catches the Yankee lineup with Gardner in the bottom looks like a National League lineup.  Neither Cervelli nor Gardner are imposing at the bottom of the order but when you switch Johnson with Gardner the bottom of the order looks a lot more respectable.

Right now there are only three Yankees hitting to their normal standards. Jeter is great at leading off, Cano is hitting around .400 and Gardner is hitting over .300 and is tied with the lead in steals. Until ARod, Tex and Johnson get it going this is the best way to score runs and to give the lineup length.