What’s your expectation for the lineup today?
Same as last night?
Another hard-throwing right-hander on the mound for the Tigers tonight. If last night’s lineup seemed reasonable, it might be the way to go again tonight. Brett Gardner was hitless but didn’t look especially overmatched in his first start since April, and Eduardo Nunez delivered the Yankees only big hit of the night. Why not go with those two again?
Back to the regulars?
For a while it seemed that Joe Girardi was committed to trusting his regulars. Then he benched Alex Rodriguez. Then he did the same with Nick Swisher. In a must-win Game 4, is there any chance he goes back to the original plan and plays the regulars with Jayson Nix back at shortstop?
Switch who sits?
Curtis Granderson looked no better last night than he has through most of this postseason, plus he took a bad route on a hard-hit ball to center field. Could he take Swisher’s spot on the bench with Gardner taking over in center, Swisher returning to right and Ichiro Suzuki playing left.
Go with the binder?
Eric Chavez is 2-for-2 in his career against Max Scherzer. Rodriguez is 1-for-10. Granderson is 4-for-12 with a home run. Gardner is 0-for-6. Swisher is 2-for-7 with three walks. Nix is 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts. Hard to know whether past results are even relevant when the offense is playing so poorly, but it might be something to go on.
Blow it up completely?
Go as radical as possible. Granderson, Swisher, Rodriguez and Robinson Cano sit. Nunez plays short, Nix plays second, Chavez plays third, Ibanez plays right, Chris Stewart catches and Russell Martin starts at DH.