Quick Hit: Today's Lineup, and the Almost Best Defense

Derek Jeter, Brian McCann, and Mark Teixeira have the day off, so today's lineup will be: Brett Gardner, LF Martin Prado, 3B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Carlos Beltran, DH Chase Headley, 1B Stephen Drew, SS Francisco Cervelli, C Ichiro Suzuki, RF Brendan Ryan, 2B

Shane Greene, SP

The defensive alignment of this team is almost perfect, with Drew and Ryan playing up the middle, strong defenders throughout the outfield, and Headley and Prado at first and third, respectively. However, Headley is the superior defender at third, and Prado has played 56 games at first base, as compared to four for Headley. While moving from third to first is a move down on the defensive spectrum, it is not necessarily a transition that can be made easily at the drop of the hat, so it seems curious that Joe Girardi would downgrade at both positions this afternoon.