I’ve talked in this space already about how Francisco Cervelli should be playing along with Brian McCann. Joe Girardi has tried to do that and in watching the offense, it works when they are both in the lineup. Now it’s time to do another thing with the Yankees lineup, something I’ve talked about before, drop Derek Jeter to ninth.
This isn’t about a farewell tour. Yes, Jeter is a Hall of Famer, and yes, he’s played better this year than a lot of people thought he would. But he should be hitting second.
You know what his stats are the past 28 days? .226/.247/.290 with a homer and nine RBI. That’s it. In a lineup where no one is really hitting, why should he be that high?
Girardi wants to break up the lefties, though Jacoby Ellsbury looked more comfortable leading off and creating things with his legs, more so than Brett Gardner. This is what Girardi talked about when asked about a move according to the NY Post:
“Yeah,” Girardi said. “But it’s not like we have a bunch of guys hitting .300. So that’s why we’ve kept it.”
That’s ridiculous. Jeter is 11th on the team in OPS and seventh in OBP. Here’s what the lineup should look like in September with expanded rosters:
Martin Prado 2B
Tex is the best RBI guy on the team. Have him behind the two speed guys. Yes it’s right hand heavy at the bottom, but Prado and Cervelli are hitting and can create things at the bottom.
If it’s truly not a farewell tour then start acting like it. Time for Jeter to move down in the order.