“You’ve got nine boxes of TNT,” Scioscia said. “If you’re taking one away, it’s still a deep lineup. They have speed all the way through their lineup. They have power all the way through their lineup. The fact that A-Rod isn’t in there definitely changes some dynamics, but I don’t think it’s anything that (the Yankees can’t overcome). If you look at what Granderson’s done or Teixeira, Cano, Swisher to a certain extent. They’ve got Chavez now really swinging the bat well. With the team speed, there’s nothing that they’re not going to be able to absorb for a short period of time.”
Way Scioscia sees it, the key here is pitching anyway. With or without Rodriguez, the Yankees have plenty of offense as long as the pitching holds up.
“Their lineup is so deep that they absorb most of that anyway,” Scioscia said. “There aren’t many guys, especially in this park, that aren’t going to be able to take the mistake and turn it into a three-run homer. So, the premium there is to pitch well. I think their lineup is deep enough where there aren’t any obvious matchups where you go, ‘There’s no way this guy’s going to beat us, but we really feel good about the next guy.’
“There could be some things you look at as the game goes on, but it’s tough to pitch around Granderson with Teixeira there, and Teixeira with Cano there. If you put Alex Rodriguez in the middle of that, I don’t think it changes too many of those dynamics. But what it does is take a lineup that’s already deep just incredibly deep. He’s obviously a premium player in the middle of the lineup.”
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