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.”
“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.”
— 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.