Looking at the Yankees lineup

How isn't Robinson Cano batting 3rd?

7/31/12 in MLB   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Blog Photo - Looking at the Yankees lineup

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:

1. Jeter
2. Swisher
3. Cano
4. Teixeira or Granderson (no preference)
5. Granderson or Teixiera
6. Rodriguez
7. Ibanez
8. Martin
9. Ichiro

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.
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8/11/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

After the experiment with Granderson leading off, Girardi has started using the top half of the lineup I had written about. And Swisher has been gold since going back in the 2 hole. Bottom line is Cano is finally batting third.

8/7/12   |   Tinker4u69   |   204 respect

coquichriss wrote:
Rodriguez is a better hitter than swisher, i'll take the extra 50 ab's he will get during the course of the season over swish. Tex was slumping the majority of the season and is NOT a good hitter with runners on base or in clutch situations i would keep him low in the batting order and the pressure off of him. God knows he wont be producing in the playoffs anyway

I agree with your Rodriquez/Swisher remarks.   Swisher strikes out far too much for the 2 hole, half those strikeouts he goes down looking too.  That infuriates me.  NO reason not to swing at anything close with two strikes.  I've seen him go a complete at bat and never swing at a pitch.  I'm a serious Yankees fan, Swisher is a great clubhouse guy but he should be batting sixth or lower. I teach a batting school inside during winters and I teach kids to choke an inch and swing if it's close with two strikes.  Umpire might miss a close one.

8/7/12   |   Tinker4u69   |   204 respect

I Totally Agree!!!    Girardi is stubborn and inflexable.  He NOW has Granderson leading Off so go figure.  Granderson has become an all or nothing basically, probably close to the league leader in strikeouts and Girardi  has him now in the leadoff hole.  I played some minor league ball as a catcher until an injury ended it for me.  Have been in baseball working with kids in AAU, Senior AAU, Legion and a year of school ball for the last 40 yrs as a coach or manager and I cannot think with Girardi and his in game management.

8/6/12   |   coquichriss

Rodriguez is a better hitter than swisher, i'll take the extra 50 ab's he will get during the course of the season over swish. Tex was slumping the majority of the season and is NOT a good hitter with runners on base or in clutch situations i would keep him low in the batting order and the pressure off of him. God knows he wont be producing in the playoffs anyway