“He has been our leadoff guy,” Girardi said after last night’s Yankees-Reds game at Great American Ball Park was washed out. “We will see how he feels but, yeah.”
This is stupid. Jeter has a .324 OBP, Gardner has a .390 OBP, and Swisher has a .367. They are clearly better options to have at the top of the lineup getting the most at bats.
Jeter is actually a nice option to have against lefties as he has a .405 OBP against them, but his OBP drops to .294 against righties. Gardner, who for another stupid reason doesn’t even play against righties, has a .366 OBP against them and a .831 OPS. So if Girardi really has to kiss Jeter’s ass all the way to retirement, the least he could do is bat Gardner in the leadoff spot against right handed pitching.
I’ve never been overly critical of Girardi, but this is absurd.