Friday, June 09, 2006

Proposed Lineup, Sans Jeter

The optimistic view is that he'll be back in the lineup tomorrow, but the realisic view is that he's done for the Oakland series. Moving ahead with this in mind, Joe Torre would be wise to trot out the following lineup for the next three games:

1. Johnny Damon - CF
2. Melky Cabrera - LF
3. Jason Giambi - 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez - SS
5. Jorge Posada - C
6. Robinson Cano - 2B
7. Andy Phillips - 3B
8. Bernie Williams - DH
9. Kevin Thompson - RF

Once again, we're dealing with Torre here, so we'll be sure to get a steady dose of Miguel Cairo playing shortstop. Don't get me wrong; I like Miggy and all, but he's just not an everyday guy, and that goes tenfold when you're playing the Athletics. It goes twentyfold against the Red Sox, but that didn't stop Torre.

The reason the Yankees have been winning despite their injuries is that they've made the best with what
they've had (minus Terrance So Long). To continue using the ineffective Miguel Cairo is to definitively weaken the lineup. They gave Melky a chance, and he came through. So why not give Kevin Thompson his fair shake? He's eager to learn, and he looks poised at the place.

I know Torre is insistent on keeping A-Rod at third, but sometimes you need to adapt. A-Rod at short and Phillips at third is certainly the optimal configuration with Jeter on the shelf.