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For one game only, Curtis Granderson moved into the leadoff spot last night. It was as good a time as any to ask Joe Girardi how much thought he’d given to moving his home run leader into the middle of the order instead of the top.
“None, really,” Girardi said. “The thing is you want to try to break your lefties up, so you have to be careful how you do things. He hits second, which he had a lot of success (doing), and Derek has been on a ton, so he’s hitting with runners in scoring position a lot. Robbie Cano has really started to swing the bat. He’s hitting over .300. I think I’m going to leave it the way it is right now.”
But aren’t the 3, 4, 5 spots reserved for your best power hitters?
“I probably have five guys that are capable of hitting 30 home runs,” Girardi said. “It’s a different lineup than it was 20 years ago where you might have two guys that can hit, so I don’t think you can really look at it from that sense because of what our guys are capable of of doing.”
By this point, we know Girardi is a patient man. Some would say he’s patient to a fault. Others would say patience is a requirement in this game. Love it or hate it, this is Girardi’s approach, and even with the Yankees lineup struggling — even with Granderson being one of the only steady run producers — it’s hard to expect any sort of drastic change in the next few days.
“Guys have just got to get hot,” Granderson said. “Things go ahead and click for you — whether it be an at-bat, whether it be a stadium, whether it be a pitcher. All of those different things come into play. They just haven’t been there yet for everyone at this point.”
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