Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Chad Huffman LF
Brett Gardner CF
RHP Javier Vazquez (6-5, 5.43)
Alex at 3B, Posada DH and Cervelli C. Probably the best lineup for now. Granderson gets a day off with the lefty on the mound.
I think the Yanks need a bat at the trade deadline. The problem is, you want the DH spot rotating between people who need a breather. Meaning Alex, Jeter, Posada…but then when you put those guys in that spot, the replacement on the field (Pena or Russo) is such a dropoff offensively.
Having a 7-8-9 of Gardner, Cervelli and Pena or Russo is not acceptable. You can have Gardner and Cervelli but not all three. Let’s look at the problem.
Gardner is doing well. .313-3-22 with 22 SB. But he is NOT a #7 hitter, and that is where he has been sometimes this year. He needs to be 1, 2, 8 or 9. Him at 7 is not good. Gardner has six major league HR.
Cervelli is doing well. .285-0-29. But he has 1 MLB HR in 236 AB. There have been times when he has batted 7th this year. In the DH league, that isn’t acceptable.
Pena has 174 AB in his MLB career. His bat has been nonexistent this year. .186-0-8 as a backup in 59 AB. He has one MLB HR.
So last night you had eight MLB HR—combined—in the 7-8-9 slots.
Russo is 9 for his first 43 in the major leagues.
Nick Johnson is on the DL and who knows when…or if…he comes back. He was just at .167-2-8 in 24 games when he went down. 24 walks were his saving grace.
Randy Winn was released after going .213-1-8 in 61 at bats.
Miranda was .217-2-7 in 46 at bats.
So the DH position/utility man position hasn’t done much for the Yanks. Then we have the disappointing seasons Teixeira (.224) and Granderson (.234) are putting up right now.
Combine that lack of DH productivity/Johnson on DL, the down years so far of Teix and Gardner, the lack of productivity from backups not named Cervelli or Thames and the diminished power of A-Rod (just 8 HR) and you can see why I want a bat.
Get Lee after the season as a free agent. i am happy with the rotation as it is.
Target a bat now. I’d also like some bullpen help but do realize that the bullpen hopefully gets stabilized when Mitre and Aceves return. I’d still like a bullpen guy.
Bat and bullpen, to me, should be Cashman’s priorities right now.
In 2000, he got the bat. Without David Justice going .305-20-60 for the Yanks in the second half of 2000, the Yanks don’t win the World Series that year.
Hopefully Cashman can find another “Justice” for 2010.
Gardner has been good. He also doesn’t belong in the 7 hole.