The New York Yankees are back in the Bronx, as baseball season is finally here.
Nothing is more exciting then a pitching duel to start a new season, where anything can happen and for one team it marks the start to their championship run.
Here is the batting order for the Bombers Opening Day Game on ESPN:
Jeter and Gardner will platoon as lead-off, which is what I suggested a few weeks back. Since Verlander is a lefty, Gardner will be first and the Captain will hit in the two-spot.
Let me just remind everyone that Jeter has hit in the #2 spot of the Yankees line-up for the majority of his career, with darn good success I must say.
This is a good move by Girardi, but I think throwing Granderson against some righties and keeping Jeter more regularly in such a familiar spot might prove to work as well.
There is plenty of time to smooth out all kinks with 162 games to go.
All I can say is, Welcome Home Yankees; and Welcome Back Baseball!!
- Spring training 2011: New York Yankees’ Curtis Granderson ‘felt good,’ eyeing opener (sports.espn.go.com)
- Derek Jeter to bat second for Yankees, with Brett Gardner leading off (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Joe Girardi: New York Yankees’ Curtis Granderson not in lineup but felt ‘good’ (sports.espn.go.com)
- Yankees: Granderson, Jeter (thebaseballblog10.wordpress.com)
- 2011 spring training: Brett Gardner leading off for New York Yankees with Derek Jeter No. 2 (sports.espn.go.com)
- New York Yankees: If Captain Derek Jeter Goes Moving On Down (ladylovespinstripes.com)