Saturday, August 4, 2012
First pitch: Leading off ... Grandyman? Curtis Granderson may not be a prototypical leadoff hitter, but Joe Girardi seems intent on using him in the No. 1 hole occasionally, “based on how many lefties there are in the opposing bullpen.”
Granderson hit first for the fourth time this season on Friday night, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs. In 2012, he’s 3-for-16 when batting first.
Derek Jeter has been hitting leadoff for most of the year, while newly acquired outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is arguably one of the most decorated No. 1 hole hitters of all-time.
On one hand, Granderson is one of the Yankees’ best hitters, so it makes sense to give him more at-bats, plus Girardi said he doesn’t want to stack left-handed hitters, given that Robinson Cano usually bats third.
At the same time, Granderson strikes out a ton (130) while also hitting a lot of homers (29) and doing fairly well with runners in scoring position (.268), making him more of a prototypical middle-of-the-order bat.
Many argue that lineup construction doesn’t matter, and this is all much to do about nothing.
What about you?
Let us know where you’d bat Granderson in the lineup. Also, do you like Ichiro hitting so low in the order?
UP NOW: Wallace Matthews’ column on how CC Sabathia rolled through the M’s lineup despite having a different than usual. I wrote about Mark Teixeira’s first game back from a left wrist injury, and filled up a notebook on the blog. Make sure to check it all out.
ON DECK: Yankees vs. Mariners, 1:05 p.m. ET Saturday. Andrew Marchand and Matt Ehalt will have you covered in the Bronx.