There will be a significant lineup change when the Yankees take the field Friday afternoon – Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano are swapping spots in the lineup. Cano had been the No. 3 hitter and A-Rod the No. 4, however it’ll be the other way around against the Angels.
Manager Joe Girardi’s reason? It might have to do with the pair’s struggles along with fellow slugger Mark Teixeira. He thinks this righty-lefty-switch hitter order will lead to better matchups.
“This is the way it’s gonna be,” Girardi told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com.
“We just feel with some of these clubs that have two left-handers, or even one left-hander, it makes it a little bit more difficult to navigate through,” Girardi said. “So we’re gonna go with this and just try to make it more difficult when to bring the left-hander in. This is what we’re gonna use.”
With Curtis Granderson often batting in the No. 2 hole, it does split the two lefties, but this seems more like a move just to wake the middle of the order up a bit and let them know what they’ve been doing has not been working.
The trio are batting a combined 16-for-76 (.211) in the first six games with no homers and have been the biggest part of the Yankees struggles with runners in scoring position.