Talking about the need for Joe to make lineup changes is almost a dead horse topic at this point. He's fiddled where and when he could, but regular injuries and subpar performance have handcuffed any chances for real results. He's not going to move Derek Jeter out of the 2-spot, he can't count on Carlos Beltran being a reliable run producer in the middle, and if he had somebody better than Ichiro to hit 7th he would be using him now. The Yankee lineup is what it is.
Except for 1 easy and almost stupidly logical move that Joe can still make. He could swap Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner in the batting order. Ellsbury can go back and hit first like he was always supposed to, and Gardner, one of the hottest hitters on the team, can move down to a better run-producing spot in front of Teix. Ellsbury's a better base stealer, Gardner has hit for more power, what is there to lose? I doubt it's going to happen, but I'm rooting for it when the lineup card comes out tomorrow afternoon.
P.S.- For more on this topic, check out William Tasker's post from Tuesday at IIATMS/TYA.
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