For some reason, there is a lot of panic coming from New York Yankees fans in the 2012 MLB playoffs.. Fans and some media think that New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi should drop third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the lineup. However, looking at what Rodriguez has done in a limited role for the Yankees in 2012, it would not make sense for Rodriguez to be dropped. Girardi has taken the same approach as he will keep Rodriguez in the third hole.
Here is what the Yankees’ lineup is looking like against the Baltimore Orioles and Miguel Gonzalez Wednesday night:
- 1). Derek Jeter, ss
- 2). Ichiro Suzuki, lf
- 3). Alex Rodriguez, 3b
- 4). Robinson Cano, 2b
- 5). Nick Swisher, rf
- 6). Mark Teixeira, 1b
- 7). Curtis Granderson, cf
- 8). Russell Martin, c
- 9). Eric Chavez, 3b
If Girardi were to drop Rodriguez from the lineup, he would take the bat out of the person he is supposed to protect and that is Cano. Orioles manager Buck Showalter would walk Cano just to get to Rodriguez who has struggled. Walking Cano does not help the Yankees. It is the safest spot for A-Rod at this point.
No matter where Girardi places Rodriguez in the lineup, the drama of the postseason will still find him. He will still have to come up in a big spot no matter what. It is just the karma that surrounds him. It is not like Rodriguez does not perform. He’s a .270 hitter and hit 18 home runs in only 122 games played for the Yankees this season.
Dropping Rodriguez in the lineup is not the problem. The team needs to produce runs with runners in scoring position. The team cannot always look for the big hit home run. Run production will be key.
Orioles starting pitcher Gonzalez has won three straight starts and recorded an ERA of 1.83 with 11 strikeouts. He also has an ERA of 2.63 in 19.2 innings pitched against the Yankees. For the Orioles to win, it will rely on Gonzalez, who the Yankees have been awful against.
Rodriguez’s spot in the lineup is not the issue.
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