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Video: Yankees lineup drastically different than a year ago

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 31, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Here’s the Yankees Opening Day lineup from last year.

Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Vernon Wells RF
Ben Francisco DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Francisco cervelli C

The only connection between that lineup and tomorrow’s lineup with be Gardner, who’s playing a new position and batting six spots lower. Weirdly, tomorrow’s Yankees lineup will have more in common with last year’s opposing Opening Day lineup (last year’s Red Sox, just like this year’s Yankees, had Jacoby Ellsbury playing center and leading off).

“Our goal was to try to attack every area of weakness (this offseason),” Brian Cashman said. “We had a good offensive balance last year, but we never had a chance to run it out there. If those guys didn’t get hurt, we would have been one of the top offensive teams in the game. But we lost everybody. … Outside of Brendan Ryan, we had a good spring (this year) and we’re healthy. Almost everybody performed well this spring. We’re in shape and it was a great spring. I feel as good as you can in terms of mission accomplished getting through spring training with what you wanted to get through. You saw what you wanted to see from most people.”

You can see in the video above that Girardi talked a little bit this afternoon about his new lineup, including the decision to move Gardner into the No. 7 spot. Gardner wasn’t going to stay in the leadoff position, Derek Jeter is basically grandfathered into the No. 2 hole, and Girardi said he liked the idea of Gardner’s speed ahead of the bottom two hitters. He particularly liked having Gardner’s speed ahead of a patient hitter like Brian Roberts, who should take some pitches and give Gardner a chance to run.

Is Gardner more likely to run now that he’ll be on base ahead of Roberts and Kelly Johnson rather than Robinson Cano?

“I haven’t really thought about that,” Gardner said. “I guess you could make that argument, but I haven’t really put much thought into it.”

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40 Responses to “Video: Yankees lineup drastically different than a year ago”

  1. Poetkiosk March 31st, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Hunter is awesome, wow..cut right in on the hands

  2. SweetSpot March 31st, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    SOX LOSE!!! Right on!!!

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    It’s official. Sux in last place.

    :)

  4. bbb51 March 31st, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    JBJ still looking for the walk.

  5. BIG AL March 31st, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Trisha -

    I believe it’ll take 92 wins to make the PS, so, I’ll go with 92, and pray I’m low. :)

    Can’t wait until tomorrow night!

  6. BIG AL March 31st, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    How about that great Texas pitching, giving up 14 runs to the Phillies.

  7. BIG AL March 31st, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Heard about Pete Abe, couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

  8. BIG AL March 31st, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Night all, Y’all have a great night.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    “Trisha -

    I believe it’ll take 92 wins to make the PS, so, I’ll go with 92, and pray I’m low. :)

    Can’t wait until tomorrow night!”

    SO PSYCHED!!!! I never realize how much I miss baseball until it starts again!!!!

    :)

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Night Big Al!

    :)

  11. Ys Guy March 31st, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    rangers have 3 starters on the dl.

  12. Ys Guy March 31st, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    cliff lee gave up 8 runs in 5 innings and got the win.

  13. pete2 March 31st, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I broke out in a cold sweat looking at last years opening day lineup. Good thing its morning and I don’t have to worry about sleeping.

  14. chicken_stanley March 31st, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Pete2 – Sad thing is the opening day lineup was much stronger than some they ran out mid – season :)

  15. tomingeorgia March 31st, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    jmills,
    The Jays are not good.

  16. chicken_stanley March 31st, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I’m sort of intrigued by the one day fantasy leagues (fanduels is the website that comes to mind)… have any of you played? If so, is it worth checking out?

  17. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Damn, OD lineup looks much better this year.

  18. jmv March 31st, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Good evening guys!

    Time to share a little baseball with you…

    Trisha, I’m at 92. I’d do 95, but since luis stood at 90, I’ll keep it there, just to give him a hard time. The extra win is to make the PS, LOL.

    To be honest, this number is conservative, and I’m sure the Yankees will land the A.L. east title. Even with all the “if’s”. The rest of the teams do have even more “if’s”

  19. Hankflorida March 31st, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Without the injuries last year, we would have an outfield of Gardner, Ichiro and Granderson, and Ellsbury for Ichiro is an upgrade as we are getting the best table setter that money could buy, and Beltran is a contact hitter with power and less k’s. Our infield last year had Cano and Youk, and without question, these players with Youk being healthy would run rings around Roberts and Johnson. McCaan and Soriano are big pluses. My math tells me that we are up two players up from last year. if Gardner, Ellsbury, Roberts and Johnson can deliver singles with men in scoring position when the pitchers are bearing down, then I could easily predict a 95 win team, but based on these players past record of RBI’s, this team could easily sink to less then 90 wins and have to battle for the 2nd Wildcard. Just like last year, this team puzzles me, and it all starts with having an outfield of two banjo hitters and one power guy.

  20. chicken_stanley March 31st, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Hola jmv…good to see you! Hope things are going well

  21. chicken_stanley March 31st, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Hank – I’m optimistic Ellsbury will show some pop this year… probably not like the year he had in 2011 but…

  22. jmv March 31st, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Glenn!

    Well, kind of a dead alley… I don’t see much progress from any side, but we’ll see… The economy will give an extra puch sooner than later. I’m just keeping safe, and offering some help. We’ll see.

    How’s the road these days?

  23. jmv March 31st, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    *punch*

  24. jmv March 31st, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    As uncertain as Teix does sound, I like the idea of Soriano behind him. It will provide some protection

  25. MTU March 31st, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    You dudes are underestimating how good the Yankees run differential will be.

    Which by my reckoning will translate into a lot of W’s.

    And hola Sr. jmv.

    :)

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    “Good evening guys!

    Time to share a little baseball with you…

    Trisha, I’m at 92. I’d do 95, but since luis stood at 90, I’ll keep it there, just to give him a hard time. The extra win is to make the PS, LOL.

    To be honest, this number is conservative, and I’m sure the Yankees will land the A.L. east title. Even with all the “if’s”. The rest of the teams do have even more “if’s””

    jmv, you deserve candy just for posting what you did!!! :

    How I love to see enthusiasm and optimism in my guys instead of the glass half full, woe is me posts!!!

  27. austinmac March 31st, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I justed watched DeLaRosa pitch an inning for the Rockies. He is what I want Banuelos to become.

  28. MTU March 31st, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    It was really fun to watch the Sux put up a punch-and-judy hitter to try and win their game.

    He looked like a deer in a car’s headlights.

    Too funny.

    :)

  29. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    “You dudes are underestimating how good the Yankees run differential will be.

    Which by my reckoning will translate into a lot of W’s.”

    Candy all around!!!

    Amen to that, MTU.

    :)

  30. MTU March 31st, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Mac-

    Banuelos has a higher ceiling and better stuff than ole Jorge.

  31. SweetSpot March 31st, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Yankee baseball can’t wait. Blake, I hope you’re happy and excited even though the Bombers are “Drewless” . . . : )

  32. jmv March 31st, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Trisha, I’m a totally glass half full guy. And I plan to enjoy the ride this season. If something goes wrong, there will be trades. I don’t think ownership do want another “No PS-less money year”

    MTU, nice to catch you. Some angels told me about good news at your side

  33. chicken_stanley March 31st, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    jmv – No problems to report from the road (other than my complete inability to remember my hotel room number from week to week)… there’s nothing quite like returning to the hotel from work, realizing you left your key in the room, then realizing you have no idea what room youre in. When you go to the front desk and tell them youre not sure what room you locked yourself out of, its a wee bit embarrassing :)

  34. jmv March 31st, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    “SweetSpot March 31st, 2014 at 7:37 pm
    Yankee baseball can’t wait. Blake, I hope you’re happy and excited even though the Bombers are “Drewless” . . . : )”

    I would say we are all “drewling” about our Fab-5 rotation

  35. MTU March 31st, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    jmv-

    I would like for you to keep those Angels for yourself.

    But yes, I think we are out of the critical point and turning the corner.

    Much appreciated.

  36. MTU March 31st, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Neuvo Laredo ———>

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    “Trisha, I’m a totally glass half full guy. And I plan to enjoy the ride this season. If something goes wrong, there will be trades. I don’t think ownership do want another “No PS-less money year””

    DOUBLE candy for that!

    I’m the same way, and I too plan to enjoy the ride! It’s exciting to watch the season unfold. And there’s usually something worthwhile to take out of all games, losses as well as wins. The season is its own work in progress. Embrace it and grab for the silver lining rather than the distant black cloud that could be blown away by the next game!

    :)

  38. massjake March 31st, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Even though the ground is still frozen, spring is officially here now that the boys are back!

  39. austinmac March 31st, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    MTU,

    I don’t think so.,deLaRosa struck out Stanton on a 94 MPH fastball after throwing a curve, a CU and a cutter for strikes in the inning. He looks great. Look at his stats at Coors. He is really good, and I would be thrilled of Manny could do that. He is all star calibre.

  40. Frank Leja April 1st, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Did we really open up last year w/o a first baseman in the line-up?

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