Last season’s switching of Damon and Jeter in the line-up, gave the Yankees a one-two impact that was hands-down, the best in the league.
Probably, the principal managerial choice of Joe Girardi made to date. It worked instantaneously, and made everyone wonder why Jeter had ever been in the second spot.
Jeter’s consistency of getting on base, shadowed by Damon’s hard switch-hitting bat will be a hard act to beat. Both players benefited, and so did the team.
Could it cost the Yanks a repeat? Can that kind-of chemistry be replaced?
It is going to impossible to do again, so how can Joe tweak the line-up?
Factor in the downgrade at DH, because Johnson is not equal to Matsui.
Johnson high OBP is irrelevant because getting on base requires running and being injury prone that is not his best option. So all the walks he draws will be useless if he gets thrown out constantly.
Granderson, a lefty-hitter is a powerhouse against right-handed pitchers. He has always been weak against lefties, but K. Long is a batting coach god so let’s see what he can do.
Still, who should be Jeter’s punch-buddy?
Let me play Girardi for a moment, and give the first thoughts of possible batting order:
Granderson (swap Granderson and Johnson against lefties)
Granderson has the speed for a perfect two hitter, and if he can lower his number of strikeouts this would be a nice fit. Continue reading ‘Can Joe Girardi Repeat In 2010?’ »