August 10, 2010

Thames hitting third in *special* lineup

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Austin Kearns LF
Lance Berkman 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF
Ramiro Pena 2B

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen a lineup this weak from the Yankees in my days of blogging. 

Here are some of my favorite reactions to the lineup on Twitter:

Ledger_Yankees - Off days + Lefties + Babies = Today's Yankees lineup.

Bronxrumors - This may be the worst lineup since 2006...but the best bench since 2000

YankeesGalaxy - I guess this lineup will make winning all that sweeter.

SimplySmoov - #BoldPrediction 12-4 Yankees win with 'D' lineup ... sorry @str8edgeracer

For those who don’t know, @str8edgeracer is C.J. Wilson’s Twitter alias, tonight’s starter for the Rangers.

Here’s what the bench looks like tonight, with the reasons I’m guessing they’re being benched for included.

  • Mark Teixeira: We knew he was unavailable. He’s back home with his wife.
  • Robinson Cano: Just a random off day, I guess. He hasn’t sat since July 7, but he did play 161 games last year. UPDATE: Cano has a cold.
  • Curtis Granderson: This was a scheduled off day. Joe Girardi warned us of this yesterday.
  • Jorge Posada: This was also planned. Girardi is adhering to a new catching rotation that gives starts to Francisco Cervelli when A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez start.
FACT: Marcus Thames has 166 career plate appearances hitting third. Tonight will mark the first time with the Yankees (and I hope the last).

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