So what should the lineup be?
After his discussion with Mike Francesa yesterday, it appears as though Joe Girardi might be leaning towards a Jeter, Johnson, Teixeira, Rodriguez, Cano, Posada, Granderson, Swisher, Gardner (or Winn) lineup. According to Baseball Musing’s lineup analysis tool – I’ve plugged in CHONE’s 2010 projections for the data – that specific configuration would generate 5.816 runs per game. While lineup optimization with the Yankees is not necessarily that important, given the strength of the offense – the worst configuration, as claimed by the tool, would yield 5.546 runs per game – I still think there are some better lineup ideas available that are still very plausible, even if the better lineups only provide an extra tenth of a run or so. For instance, due to his patience and his power, perhaps a lineup that places Nick Swisher behind A-Rod, with Cano, Posada, Granderson, and Gardner following him, should be considered. It would generate 5.835 runs per game, according to the lineup analysis tool. It’s a small difference, yet a notable one.
What do you think the lineup should be this year? Feel free to speculate, and fiddle with BM’s lineup tool.
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