Girardi sticks with the same lineup for three days straight

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If you had the lineup card for the last three days, you’ll notice the lineup hasn’t changed–at all. Joe Girardi ran the same lineup out there for the last three days with hopes of getting the ball rolling. It’s worked for the last two days and now Girardi is hoping that it will work again against the Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto.

“This next week I’ll get some of the other guys into games here to keep everyone going,” Girardi said. “But you like to try to run the same lineup out there as much as you can.”

One constant in the Yankees lineup has been Carlos Beltran at the designated hitter, but would it be possible to see Beltran on the field as the Yankees right fielder at some point in the season?

“We’ve talked about that,” Girardi said. “That could probably start happening pretty soon here.”

With Beltran on the shelf and Alfonso Soriano no longer on the team, Ichiro Suzuki has taken a bulk of the playing time, and he’s done well for the Yankees coming into the second half.

“He’s had a pretty decent year for us,” Girardi said. “He’s played a lot as of late. I know that I have to give him a day off every once in a while to keep him fresh. Even though he won’t say that, I think it’s important that that happens. But he’s been an everyday player for us.”

Some Notes

Michael Pineda recently threw live batting practice and Girardi believes he’ll do it again sometime soon.

“And then you might start seeing him, in a sense, throw a couple of innings, three innings, that sort of thing, depending on how that goes,” Girardi said.

“Sometimes we like to do sim games because it’s easier to build them up. It’s more controlled.”

– The Yankees have not played well at home this season, going 20-23. The Yankees need to play better if they want to have any chance at making the postseason.

“It’s going to take everyone in that clubhouse for us to play better at home,” Girardi said.

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6 Responses to Girardi sticks with the same lineup for three days straight

  1. Michael R says:

    Maybe that's why they're playing better. I'm not a huge fan of platooning for the sake of platooning.

  2. Robert H. Rufa says:

    Well, you know the old saying–if it works, don't fix it. But it does depend on the offense scoring more runs than the pitcher gives up, and three runs to win on one day might not be enough on another day

  3. Since Soriano left the team, Ichiro is hitting .293/.293/.341. No power and literally zero patience at the plate. Still better than Soriano though with better defense. Just shows you how absolutely terrible Soriano was before the Yankees released him.

    Nobody is platooning just for the sake of platooning. Girardi is a smart manager that puts his team in the best position to win every night and sometimes that means the lineup changes and sometimes that means it stays the same. By the way, the Yankees averaged less than 5 runs a game in the last 3 so I wouldn't exactly go around saying that the reason they swept the series is because of keeping the same lineup. It's called coincidence and it happens all of the time. I mean, they won on Sunday because an infielder didn't see an easy pop-up.

    • hotdog says:

      It makes sense to mix and match but if you're a ballplayer, it's also good to know where you'll be in the lineup and whose hitting around you…different positions in the batting order have different roles and different approaches to the game…even though they're professionals, consistency in the lineup has it's advantages…it could also create a stasis but that's when you might need to mix things up…but I agree, Girardi is a smart manager and he has to go with the numbers and his gut…i'll leave it up to him…lol

  4. Michael R says:

    Of course Girardi has reasons for platooning. As I've stated in the past he's a huge numbers guy and that's the way he manages. Fine, but a lot of other great managers put their most consistent players out there on a regular basis, barring injury, and let them have at it. Stats are great, but they certainly aren't capable of telling the entire story. I like managers who can set those stats aside and manage using their baseball instincts.

    • Mets manager Terry Collins isn't much of a stats guy and his teams generally under perform. Meanwhile, Girardi relies more heavily on stats and his teams have consistently been better than their plus/minus says they should be. This is just a small sample, but considering Girardi's success I'm pretty happy with the way he does things.