Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A middle of the road dilemma

The Bombers have a stud lineup 1-9, of that there is little doubt. Johnny Damon will lead off and Derek Jeter will hit behind him. Jorge Posada will hit in the seven hole with Bernie Williams and Robinson Cano behind him, the big question is how Joe goes in the 3-6 spots.

Last season it was Jason Giambi who ended up hitting in the #3 spot after a rise up the batting order throughout the second half of the season. His high OBP along with a rise in his power numbers and his batting average leads me to think that he is the man that will start in this spot yet again.


The Yankees have this guy called Alex Rodriguez, he's only the reigning AL MVP. A complete hitter who hit .321 with an OBP 100 points higher at .421. He only drove in 130 runs with 48 round trippers and it was clear he felt extremely comfortable at the plate after his transition to both 3B and New York. He would be a fine #3 hitter anywhere but I have him at #4.


There is this guy called Gary Sheffield, who is arguably the most dangerous hitter in the whole of the game. If Sheffield wants to get a hit and is extra determined he says he will, he is very clutch and can turn on the best fastball anyone can throw at him. Not the guy you want to face when the game in on the line, a borderline Hall of Famer, just like Giambi, a good end to his career might push him over the top, also he's playing for a contract for 2007, arrogant, mean, ruthless, fearless, that's Sheffield, I have him at #5.


The man they call Godzilla. He averages 110 RBI in three years in the Bronx and he a complete hitter although very streaky. This guy will probably start at #6 which is a scary thought for any opposing pitcher.

The Bombers lineup is stacked from top to bottom and is a modern day murderers row, they say pitching wins in October and they are right, but in 2002 the then Anaheim Angels won it all by battering through the opposition, the Yankees will need to be similar as they do not have great starting pitcher, it's on the good side of average but not by much, but with this lineup, if they give away five runs a game they could win it all, and that is quite a thought.

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