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Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 07, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi has been using Curtis Granderson as the Yankees leadoff hitter, and that bothers a lot of people for several obvious reasons. Among them: 1. He hits a ton of home runs. 2. He strikes out a lot. Why put the team’s leading home run hitter in a position where his first at-bat is automatically with no one on base? And why have a No. 1 hitter who quite often fails simply to put the ball in play?

Both are fair points, but a convincing argument requires an alternative. So what’s the alternative?

By hitting Granderson at the top of the order, Girardi is trying to avoid stacking his lefties. He doesn’t want to make bullpen management easier on an opposing team, and to me, that’s also a fair point. I guess my question is this: With Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list and the lineup in flux, who should hit leadoff for the Yankees?

I’ll provide one stat that’s most commonly associated with the leadoff spot.

On-base percentage vs. righties
Robinson Cano: .420
Eric Chavez: .359
Andruw Jones: .344
Curtis Granderson: .344
Derek Jeter: .342
Nick Swisher: .336
Mark Teixeira: .335
Raul Ibanez: .315
Ichiro Suzuki: .307
Chris Stewart: .297
Russell Martin: .275
Casey McGehee: .271
Jayson Nix: .261

On-base percentage vs. lefties
Russell Martin: .413
Derek Jeter: .399
Casey McGehee: .358
Nick Swisher: .341
Mark Teixeira: .338
Jayson Nix: .333
Curtis Granderson: .329
Robinson Cano: .290
Andruw Jones: .279
Chris Stewart: .277
Ichiro Suzuki: .251
Raul Ibanez: .244
Eric Chavez: .105

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