The batting order doesn’t have any holes to fill, but once the regular season gets underway, some tweaking here or there is possible. My guess is that Skipper Joe Girardi’s Opening Day (March 31st) line-up card will look very familiar to Yankees fans, as it will be almost identical to 2010.
What could potentially change?
Swapping Swisher and Granderson in the order last season when an opposing lefty was up wasn’t an uncommon occurrence.
Granderson has struggled against Southpaws over his entire career, but that demon seemed to fade over the last six weeks of 2010—but Girardi still wasn’t completely convinced.
In his first Spring Training game, Granderson hit an opposite field bomb, which must cement Girardi’s confidence level in keeping Grandy in the two-hole for good.
Fact is, switch-hitting Swisher is more productive in the middle-bottom of the order than at the top. Granderson’s speed and continued improvement against Southpaws makes him perfect for the slot behind the Captain.
As for the Captain maintaining the leadoff spot—it’s already a given. No one should even acknowledge the drama over whether Derek Jeter is capable of being productive in the role.
It’s outlandish that Jeter’s livelihood is getting chucked under a pile of dirt so rapidly. It’s not like he’s just some regular player who’s been in a steady decline. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees Projected Starting Lineup’ »