Consider this a very small version of Guess The Lineup.
As you’re well aware, Alex Rodriguez had to be pulled from last night’s game because of lingering discomfort in his groin. Of course there’s a chance Rodriguez will show up at Yankee Stadium this afternoon feeling 100 percent, but Joe Girardi has acknowledged that his clean-up hitter might need a day or two (and let’s face it, if he’s going to need a day or two, taking those days against Houston isn’t a bad idea). The question is, if Rodriguez isn’t in the lineup, who’s the cleanup hitter?
Last night, Girardi mentioned Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada as candidates, but to me the choice is crystal clear. It’s gotta be Robinson Cano, right? You might remember the last time Rodriguez needed day off, Cano stepped into the clean-up spot for the first time in his career and went 3-for-4 with four RBI. Granted, that was before Posada came off the disabled list, but I think the answer remains the same.
The bottom of the order moves up one spot — Posada bats fifth to split the lefties Cano and Curtis Granderson — and Swisher stays in the No. 2 hole. Is there a better way to handle it?
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