2012 MLB Playoffs: New York Yankees Should Start Brett Gardner
The New York Yankees offense is dead. There is no other way of looking at it. The team can’t hit. The batters swing at every pitch and most of the time they miss and then wonder why the fans are booing them consistently after every at-bat. Luckily, there is something manager Joe Girardi can do about. The team has jumper cables to get the offense restarted. Jumper cables in the form of outfielder Brett Gardner.
Gardner was battling elbow problems all year and has not had the chance to be an effective member of the Yankees team. He is on the postseason roster but has been used sparingly. GM Brian Cashman hinted Monday on The Michael Kay Show that Gardner could start Tuesday night in Game 3 against the Detroit Tigers.
“He still might play a role in this thing,” Cashman said. “You could very well see Gardner in this big outfield that Detroit has. The way our offense is, it is a possibility. He deserves consideration considering what is going on right now.”
Gardner has always been a hard-nosed player for the Yankees and is one of the few players on the team that is not getting paid an incredible amount of money. How many times have we seen Gardner come through for the team in tough situations? He may not be the most well-known guy out there but he is a quality player that gets on base.
However, if Gardner would return to the lineup, who would he play for? Nick Swisher? Ichiro? Curtis Granderson?
The answer is in a toss-up between Granderson (3-for-26) and Swisher (4-for-26). Neither of the two are being productive in the lineup and if it isn’t either of them it should be both of them. Raul Ibanez could easily play one the other outfield positions as he has been the most productive Yankee on the team.
Gardner appeared in one game in the series already and stole two bases and scored a run. He could be just what the Yankees need to get things rolling again. Girardi has a big decision to make come Tuesday.
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