Baseball is hardly the first thing on my mind as I write this, and I doubt it's the first thing on your mind as you read it. But, hopefully, this post can serve as a little bit of distraction from the horrific news coming out of Boston. If you're reading from Boston, we sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe. Please know that our thoughts, prayers, hearts, and minds are with you and your city. Yesterday morning, Brad posted an article about the lineup against left-handed pitching in light of the Yankees so-so offensive performance against Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chen. To expand on his point, overall, the Yankees have hit very weakly against lefty pitchers in the early going; their line sits at just .214/.296/.274/.570 (!). As Brad pointed out, the injury to Eduardo Nunez has made things against lefties less-than-ideal, and that's without mentioning the missing bats of Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez who all eat lefties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also as Bad mentioned, we've already seen Joe Girardi tinker with the lineup this season, so let's assume he'll do some more tinkering (and that he'll read and listen to me).
Let's assume, as Brad did in his piece, that Eduardo Nunez will be back, ready, and able to play for Wednesday and Thursday's game. The Yankees could go like this:
The 6-9 part of that lineup is pretty weak, but the top five will definitely crush lefties. Cervelli has hit them well in his short career and Boesch actually has a reverse platoon split. Both of them have also swung a hot bat in the early going.
While I've never heralded either one of their offensive talents, both Eduardo Nunez and Francisco Cervelli, both are better against lefties and the latter is actually pretty good at working walks. With that in mind, we could probably swap the two of them in that lineup. We could also swap Boesch and Cervelli, then have Ichiro bat eighth with Nix batting last to prevent a lefty/lefty stack of Ichiro/Gardner. As with most teams--but unlike recent Yankee teams--the power is going to have to come solely from the top of the lineup. Hopefully, the big bats on top can get on base enough to maximize whatever production the bottom of the lineup can give.