Joe Girardi decided to sit his starting catcher for a day game after a night game, and give his center fielder a rare day off. What’s left is today’s lineup.
“Gardy, I thought we’d played him so much the first half that he kind of go beat up, so I thought we’d give him a day,” Girardi said. “And Holland’s been pretty tough on him. The rest of it is, I’m putting my righties against the lefty. So, that’s the lineup.”
There are two players hitting better than .250 in today’s Yankees lineup, and there are four hitting below .200. Of the three who have reached double digit home runs, one has struggled against lefties all year (Overbay) and the other hasn’t homered since May 15 (Wells).
A lineup that’s been underwhelming at its best, begins to look like this after digging into the bench. Doesn’t help that the Yankees are once again on the road, opening the second half with a particularly tough part of the schedule.
“You know you’re going to go through it,” Girardi said. “Sometimes getting on the road can be a good thing, too, where you kind of get to where you’re always together. It can be a good thing. But we’re facing a lot of good teams, teams that we’re chasing, teams that are playing extremely well right now, and that makes it tough. But you’re going to have to win games, that’s the bottom line.”
• Derek Jeter ran the bases today. He also took more batting practice and more ground balls. He said, predictably, that he feels great. Girardi said he still thinks it would be a surprise if Jeter’s in the lineup on Saturday. “I do,” Girardi said. “But let’s see. The one thing that you can’t do is say, well he’s definitely going to be there, and then when he’s not there all these flags go up. He’s going through more today. Let’s see how today goes, then we’ll see how tomorrow goes, then we’ll go from there.”
• It’s worth remembering that if Jeter doesn’t return this weekend, the Yankees next five games are on the road in National League cities, so the Yankees wouldn’t be able to hide him at DH.
• Curtis Granderson and Jayson Nix are rehabbing with Tampa today. Girardi said he hasn’t heard when Francisco Cervelli might begin a rehab assignment or even simulated games.
• Girardi said he would still be surprised to see Alex Rodriguez activated this weekend. Girardi also said he hasn’t put much thought into yesterday’s side show. “I haven’t even talked to Cash about it,” Girardi said. “I’m sure they’ll go through all the proper rehab channels and we’ll move forward every day.”
• On Gardner: “You saw his numbers kind of tail off at the end of the first half. That’s why I gave him that extra day Sunday, and I felt like today was a good day. He probably won’t get a day off for a while after that because the schedule is really conducive to playing every day. Just trying to be smart about it.”
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