Game 129: The Split Squad Lineup

I could take a somewhat optimistic approach to analyzing this lineup and point out that it’s a righty-heavy group against a southpaw that has been battered by most every opponent – gaining the platoon advantage against such a pitcher may well be icing on the cake. A more pragmatic mindset may note that Romero has historically been better when faced with the platoon disadvantage, holding righties to a .672 OPS … as opposed to a .844 OPS against left-handed batters. Though, I suppose that has been narrowed a bit this year (.741 OPS v. .892), and many of the Yankees ‘lefty-mashers’ haven’t lived up to that profile (meaning Romero may well lose his platoon disadvantage advantage) – so, there’s that.

The pessimist in me is too baffled at the presence of Steve Pearce and Russell Martin batting fourth and fifth, respectively, to say anything witty or snarky.

Onto the line-ups:

Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Rajai Davis, LF Derek Jeter, SS
Colby Rasmus, CF Nick Swisher, 1B
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B
Adam Lind, DH Steve Pearce, DH
Yunel Escobar, SS Russell Martin, C
Yorvit Torrealba, C Curtis Granderson, CF
Mike McCoy, 2B Andruw Jones, RF
Moises Sierra, RF Jayson Nix, 3B
Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B Ichiro Suzuki, LF
Ricky Romero, SP Phil Hughes, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on YES. Let’s go Yankees!

About Domenic Lanza

Domenic is a staff writer for It's About the Money, and the host of the It's About the Money Stupid podcast. By day, he is a mild-mannered real estate attorney on Long Island, and an aspiring intellectual degenerate.

65 thoughts on “Game 129: The Split Squad Lineup

  1. Surreal experience. A guy gets cut by the worst team in baseball and then bats clean-up for the Yanks!

  2. When I first say the lineup I immediately wondered what drugs Girardi was taking. But at LoHud they posted the triple slash for batters 4 thru 9, and Pearce & Martin have the highest slg% vs. lefties.

    No matter what the batting order this is an important game because there is no way the Yankees should 2 out of 3 vs. Toronto at home. Hughes needs to pitch well and several batters must contribute to overcome the fact that this is not really a formidable lineup.

  3. 35 pitches in two innings with no hits is way too many. Hughes has to get more efficient and save the pen. Are Robertson & Sori available tonight?

  4. I can’t believe Pearce went on that. The ball didn’t go far, if Torreable picks that up he’s dead-to-rights.

  5. I don’t mind solo HRs too much, but when they are to bums and guys with zero prior HR, that’s disgusting!

  6. Let’s see, we can credit that to luck or brilliant pitching. Let’s go with…er…

    • im glad I dont have to see that anti smoking ad anymore with the emphysema patient. Just kinda off putting when im enjoying a ball game

  7. Cant stay up any more. fadin in and out of sleep. Early morning shifts suck. Gnight all

  8. The Yanks need some runs here. I don’t feel comfortable with Sori pitching with a one run lead.

    • Not exactly a dominating performance, but a distinct improvement over yesterday.