BtB’s optimized Yanks lineup

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Spring Training Game Thread: AJ takes on his old team

Sky Kalkman was a big contributor to the thread about an optimized Yankees lineup yesterday. Over at his home site today he breaks things down himself. We match up with Jeter and Teixeira hitting 1-2, but he plugs in Nick Swisher No. 3, where I had Johnny Damon. From there it’s A-Rod, Matsui, Posada, Damon, Cano, and Gardner. I’m not a lefty-righty-lefty-righty junkie, but three lefties in a row is not something you’ll see in many major league lineups. Still, it’s a neat exercise in re-thinking the traditional roles in the batting order. Hey, at least he’s not suggesting something crazy like Matsui hitting leadoff…

A theory behind the retro stadium craze
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  • Rich

    I’m in favor of any lineup that includes Swisher over Nady.

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      That’s actually how I had it when I was coming up with a lineup based on his criteria in class yesterday. Swisher just struck me as a really good fit for the 3 spot especially if you project a little bounce back in his bat. I had Melky instead of Gardner just to soften the lefty stack with the LOOGYs, don’t want them taking out 3 guys. Two lefties in a row isn’t ideal either but since Nady, our first bat off the bench, is a righty he’ll be there to break up the lefty stack a few times a week.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        Oh, and before anyone jumps down my/your throat, we realize that the point is moot because it won’t happen. Luckily it doesn’t make a huge difference overall in a season and we realize it’s not gonna happen so don’t yell at us.

  • http://dylankidd@earthlink.net dkidd

    a resurgent robbie cano is fun to imagine hitting between tex and a-rod. nothing but fastballs…

  • Drew

    Johnny D is my leadoff man till gardner gets that OBP to about .370. Though I must admit, Damon in a slot to grab RBI’s is tempting thought.