Yankees will likely hit Sanchez second in lineup

Joe Girardi was all action on Tuesday night when he finally separated Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner in the starting lineup, leaving Gardner in the lead-off spot and moving Ellsbury fifth.

But Girardi took it a step further and moved catcher Gary Sanchez into the two-hole. The lineup Girardi trotted out on Tuesday night will likely be the one Girardi uses on Opening Day.

Brett Gardner LF
Gary Sanchez C
Greg Bird 1B
Matt Holliday DH
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Starlin Castro 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Aaron Hicks RF
Ronald Torreyes SS

Masahiro Tanaka SP

Sanchez in the two-hole worked for the most part on Tuesday, after Gardner, Sanchez and Bird all reached base on walks and Ellsbury later drove Gardner home in the first.

Sanchez in the two-hole was something Girardi toyed around with when both Ellsbury and Gardner didn’t play in exhibition games, and it looks to be a permanent fixture for the beginning of the season.

“It makes it harder to navigate through our lineup,” Girardi said after the Yankees fell 6-3 to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. “We feel like it’s a better situation for all of us. This could very well be similar to our Opening Day lineup.”

While Sanchez at the top of the order seems to be a given, Girardi said he hadn’t decided the winner of the right field competition between Hicks and Aaron Judge. It’s also likely Torreyes begins the season at shortstop with Didi Gregorius heading towards the DL with a shoulder strain.

The Yankees also eliminated Adam Warren from the starting rotation competition and have slotted him in the bullpen.

Girardi has yet to announce who will win the final two spots in the rotation.

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16 Responses to Yankees will likely hit Sanchez second in lineup

  1. ERIC PELLIS says:

    Aaron Judge in right field and Jordan Montgomery in the rotation should be slam dunks. Not Girardi. Joe has to be kidding batting Ellsbury fifth. I would bat him tenth, but that is me. Breaking up Gardner and Ellsbury is a no brainer but if you have to have them both in the lineup than Ellsbury should be hitting eighth. Girardi is so over the top with trying to please his veteran players that it has become sickning to so many fans.

  2. tom says:

    I don't like the lineup but only 4 hitters are projected to have a good offensive year. Understandably. However, this lineup makes me want Judge to win the starting spot. Put him in 5th should be much better.

  3. If Judge doesn't win a starting spot it's going to be a major disappointment. He's done everything they could possibly ask of him this spring including controlling the strikeouts.

    • Jerry says:

      I will puke my guts out. Judge as of this minute is hitting 81 points higher than Hicks over about 55 at bats. .345 to 264. The upside of Judge is sick, why even hesitate to declare him the right fielder, how many chances does Hicks need to have. The Yankees are doing pretty much everything right, but are timid about this, Do the right thing here, it's not even close. JUDGE

  4. I think the following would be a much better lineup:


    Then, when the time comes, you move Didi behind Castro and Headley is the No. 9 hitter.

  5. Balt Yank says:

    I can't believe Hicks over Judge. I hope Wade over Torreyes.

  6. Nunzio says:

    Why this lineup with Gardner and Ellsbury in it does not sit well….Girardi is not going with his young guns he is staying with his same old at the Center field and left field positions , I do not feel confident with these two guys , if there is a rebuild play Judge and bring up one of the kids to prove himself , Ellsbury has already proved himself and sits on that big contract , that should put him sharing Centerfield with someone that's Hungary to prove himself, Ellsbury is all ready full , we let A-Rod go cut him loose.

  7. Jim says:

    Reports on CBS that Judge will start the season in AAA. Makes no sense to me, his upside is so much greater than Hicks this feels like a really stupid move.

  8. ERIC PELLIS says:

    At his point I am so annoyed that I hope they trade Judge and he hits 40 homers with someone. This would send such a horrible message to the fan base and all their young players in the minors. I am so done with Cashman and Girardi!

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