The Yankees missed on Cliff Lee. They didn't act on Carl Crawford. Zack Greinke landed somewhere else. Many think it is doom and gloom for the Yankees. Instead, it's all about the boom...the lineup. In 2010, the Yankees led the league in runs (859), RBIs (823) and OBP (.350). They were amongst the leaders in homeruns, OPS, hits.
In 2011, expect things to get even better with a healthy ARod, Posada being a full-time DH, Gardner improving and Cano no longer a slow starter.
Pretty fast for a guy with only one leg
In 2010, Gardner hit .277, had 47 RBI and an OBP of .383. Not to mention his 47 stolen bases and only being caught nine times. Gardner is the guy to leadoff for the Yanks in 2011.
Not a lot to be said here. Mostly my opinion, maybe I'll catch a lot of heat, maybe I won't.
Jeter doesn't have the numbers to be a leadoff hitter anymore. However, he still gets plenty of hits, so I think the two hole is the best spot for him.
Coming off an MVP-like season, he surely deserves at least consideration to move up in the lineup. I wouldn't put him at the cleanup just yet, although he raked whenever the Yankees put him there in 2010.
From the stats I found, in 12 games where Cano hit cleanup for the Yankees, his numbers were .491 (26-for-53) with five doubles, three homers and 16 RBIs. Sure, they would drop if he were the everyday cleanup hitter, but for the foreseeable future, that is ARod's spot.
For the time being, I say put him in the three spot. This would stop pitchers from being able to pitch around him anymore because ARod would be on deck waiting, and it would probably see a spike in his numbers.
Say what you will about ARod getting older, about his declining fielding skills, but the guy can still hit. In 2010, he had another 30 HR season and 100+ RBI outting. That was with only 137 games. Give him 23 more games and he's bound to hit another 5-10 bombs and a good 20 more RBIs. Also, with Cano in front of him, and Teixeira behind him, he'll be even harder to pitch around.
Putting Tex at the five spot instead of three will take some pressure off him, and make the Yankees' middle of the lineup that much better. It would allow for another switch hitter in the middle to back-end of the lineup, giving Girardi more to work with. This would allow for Girardi to have three consecutive switch hitters potentially in Tex, Posada and Swisher.
Now that Jorge will be a full-time DH, expect his body to get healthier, and stay healthier for the year. His knees will be less strained, hips healthier, fingers, wrists, toes, you name it. Catcher is the most demanding and taxing position in baseball, and once he is no longer the backstop, his numbers should likely improve.
Another switch hitter with good power and okay speed. Just when you think you are through the middle of the lineup, Swisher walks in with his fat lip and you have to get past him.
I went back and forth on this. I'd still like to see Granderson at the top of the lineup, probably at the two spot, but for now, I'll leave that for Jeter. Having Curtis in the bottom isn't bad at all; it allows for some speed back there and great power. If Jeter has another sub-par season, don't be surprised if the Gardner and Grandy are starting off the lineup. The G&G Boys?
Let me start off by saying, Martin is not my choice, but the Yankees are continuing to say that he is the starting catcher over Montero and Cervelli. In my earlier post, I suggested the whole third base option for Montero, so we'll see what happens. For now, Martin is the nine hitter. I mean. where else would you put the guy? The Yankees lineup is pretty stacked with speed and power, and I'd say he is the weakest link. Not as weak as Molina was however.