How isn't Robinson Cano batting 3rd?
Normally in the baseball the best hitter on the team bats 3rd. Look around the league: Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Braun, Josh Hamilton, David Wright, Albert Pujols etc. It's a no-brainer--or at least it should be. Why wouldn't you want your best hitter to get more at bats? If he's batting clean-up, there's a good chance in a given game your best hitter may be left on deck in a clutch situation.
Joe Girardi, albeit having already won a world championship for the Yankees, is criticized daily for his inability to makes decisions based on instinct. Instead, Girardi has been called 'trapper keeper' or 'loose leaf' by fans and media who hate the fact that he does everything by the book.
Robinson Cano has earned the right to be called the Yankees' best hitter, but unfathomably bats clean-up in the lineup. For the majority of the year and prior to being placed on the DL, Alex Rodriguez batted 3rd in the lineup. It's no secret AROD has been on the decline and hasn't been the best hitter on the team since arguably 2008. Does his contract dictate where he bats in the order? Even when AROD went to the DL, Cano still didn't move into the 3 hole.
That's not the only thing that boggles my mind about this lineup. Curtis Granderson, who leads the team in home runs with 28, bats 2nd in this lineup against right handed pitching. Granderson, who also leads the team with 124 strikeouts (yes, no typo), would be probably better suited to bat 4th or 5th. Nick Swisher, who has a better eye and works the count better, should be the Yankees No. 2 hitter every day.
Newly acquired Ichiro, who batted lead off for the majority of his career in Seattle, now bats 8th in this Yankees' lineup. With the decline of his average and his on-base percentage under .300; he's clearly not suited for the top of the top of the order, but I think it would make more sense to have him bat 9th. The Yankees essentially acquired him to replace the injured Brett Gardner. The Yankees often batted Gardner 9th with the philosophy of having 2 lead off hitters consecutively. Instead of the 9th hitter being an automatic out, bat Ichiro 9th in hopes of turning the lineup over and getting everyone more at bats.
My ideal Yankee lineup when healthy against right handed pitching would be:
4. Teixeira or Granderson (no preference)
5. Granderson or Teixiera
It's time to put AROD in the lineup where he belongs based on production, and it's time to reward Robinson Cano for being the best and most feared hitter on this team.