March 22, 2011

My final 2011 Yankees lineup projection

News broke this afternoon that Joe Girardi is considering using two different lineups, one for righties and one for lefties. If he goes through with this idea, Brett Gardner would likely see time as leadoff man against righties (with Derek Jeter hitting second) and Jeter would hit first against lefties (with Gardner hitting ninth).

Either way, Gardner would hit in front of Jeter. Like so:

Yankees vs. Righties Yankees vs. Lefties
Brett Gardner LF Derek Jeter SS
Derek Jeter SS Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF Jorge Posada DH
Jorge Posada DH Curtis Granderson CF
Curtis Granderson CF Russell Martin C
Russell Martin C Brett Gardner LF

I would be OK with Girardi implementing this dual lineup idea, but I’d make a couple changes.

  • Switch Tex and Cano in both lineups. Cano earned it last year.
  • Switch Swisher and Jeter in lineup vs. righties. Again, Swisher earned it.

Here’s a quick road map for you readers for the rest of the week:

  • Wednesday: My rotation projection
  • Thursday: My bullpen projection
  • Friday: My bench projection
  • Next Wednesday: Preseason predictions
  • Next Thursday (for perspective): Opening Day at Yankee Stadium vs. Tigers.

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