Once again we can't push across one run when we need it. King Felix was awesome, but our team helps a lot when we strike out all the time. Let's see how they do against Verlander. I wish Girardi set the lineup as follows:
IchiroJeterGrandersonCanoTexSwisherIbanez/JonesChavez (or whomever)Martin
I would move Cano to 3rd, Tex to 4th, and Granderson to 5th.250 average and 200 K's is not a #1,2,3, or 4 hitter and even with his power, I would not hit him 5th except A-Rod is out. He should be a 6 or 7 hole hitter. An all or nothing player.
Your #3 hitter is generally the best hitter you have when you combine batting average with power.
That would be better..So Girardi please do the following against Verlander.
Ichiro and Jeter will wear down Verlander so that Cano and Tex can drive in the runs. The odds are that either Ichiro or Jeter will get on at any time through the line up.
Batting a guy that is in the bottom 10 players in baseball at getting on base first seems like a good idea. You should be a manager.
Batting a guy who is third in the league in Strikeouts doesn't make much sense either. Ichiro has struckout 90 times fewer than Granderson, meaning he has put the ball in play more. Yes he has struggled to get on base this year but I'd rather have someone put the ball in play then strike out.
So even if you swap Jeter and Ichiro then it would be better. I don't like Granderson batting first.
There is never one perfect lineup and there are no hard and fast rules. There are lots of generalities, there is instinct, and there is the "playing the hot hand".
I like the idea of having Ichiro and Jeter at the top of the lineup. I'm not too hooked on any one arrangement (Jeter-Ichiro or Ichiro-Jeter), but I think they need to hit 1-2 (I slightly favor Jeter leading off).
There is no way I would have Granderson hitting in any of the 3-4-5 slots. No way am I slotting in a guy who strikes out as often as he does. He's on pace for 200 strike outs. My 3-4-5 would be Cano, Rodriguez, and Teixeira (arranged in any order).
My 6-7-8 would be Granderson-Swisher-Ibanez (arranged in any order) with Martin hitting 9th.
With Rodriguez out, my 3-4 would be Cano, Teixeira (arranged in any order). Swisher bats 5th, Granderson 6th. My 7-8 hitters would be Ibanez-Chavez (arranged in any order) with Martin 9th.
That lineup would send 7 consecutive lefties to the place versus right-handed pitching (with the switch-hitters batting from the left side).
No. Tex is better in the 3rd spot as he's much more patient and can give pitches for Cano to see
When A Rod comes back this should be the line up: