Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Where would you play Gardner?
By Andrew Marchand
Joe Girardi has all but abandoned the switch. When Curtis Granderson comes back, he will be in center field and Brett Gardner will be in left field. Girardi said that with Granderson out until May with a broken forearm, he will not have enough time to adjust to the position change.
The approach makes sense, but is it the right one? Under the circumstances, it is logical and more conservative -- but would you do it?
The Yankees’ hierarchy clearly thinks that, in theory, they are better defensively with Gardner in center and Granderson in left. There is no reason to broach the topic if they didn’t feel that way.
With Brian Cashman acknowledging the team will score less runs this season, and with the pitching staff basically the same as last year's, the Yankees were desperately trying to find a way to improve.
Using the advanced defensive metrics and their own eyes, they felt Gardner could save runs in center -- but now they are choosing to halt that plan. Gardner may not even play full-time in center field with Granderson out. The Yankees are choosing comfort over statistics.
QUESTION: DO YOU AGREE WITH NOT GOING THROUGH WITH THE SWITCH OF GARDNER TO CENTER AND GRANDERSON TO LEFT?