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Guess the lineup?

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Dec 10, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Since I know this is always a hot topic on the blog during the season, I figured we could pass a little time by considering just what the typical Yankees lineup will look like in 2010. GTLU December Edition?

Scott Boras thinks that Curtis Granderson is a “lower in the lineup” hitter, though that’s obviously because he believes Johnny Damon should still be the Yankees No. 2 hitter. For what it’s worth, Brian Cashman said he currently sees Granderson hitting second (unless Damon should return or the Yankees are facing a particularly tough lefty).

Me? Here’s what I think, assuming the Yankees do bring back Damon as a DH/occasional outfielder:

Jeter SS
Damon DH
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Granderson CF
Swisher RF
Cabrera LF
Cano 2B

If they don’t bring back Damon and end up with someone else at DH – Matsui? – I’d go with this:

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui/Other DH
Posada C
Swisher RF
Cabrera LF
Cano 2B

One other thing I’d think about: Moving Swisher to No. 2 and hitting Granderson fifth or sixth. If Swisher is seeing pitches and working walks, he’s more of a weapon in front of Tex – lots of RBI opportunities for your best hitters if he’s getting on – while Granderson’s power makes him a fine fit in the 5 (or 6 or 7) holes. That plan only works, though, if Swisher is more regular-season Swish and less post-season Swish.

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