Is This The Lineup?

With Jacoby Ellsbury back from injury, the Yankees are only short Didi Gregorious today. Today’s lineup is:

Gardner- LF

Ellsbury- CF

Beltran- RF

Teixeira- 1B

McCann- C

Headley- 3B

Rodriguez- DH

Drew- 2B

Ryan- SS

Put Didi in for Ryan and I suspect you have the regular lineup, but I hope I am wrong.

The Yankees are going to have a lefty problem no matter what. Gardner, Ellsbury, McCann, Drew, and Gregorious are all lefty bats, but bunching them up like this makes little sense to me. If you start the lineup with Gardner and Ellsbury and end it with Drew and Didi, you allow opposing teams the chance to bring in a lefty reliever for four-straight batters. Sure, the Yankees could counter with a pinch-hitter for Drew or Didi, but considering Ryan’s lack of hitting skills, that would probably necessitate a two-for-one swap where Young hits and Ryan comes in to field. I would prefer to see a lineup more like this:

Gardner- LF

Headley- 3B

Ellsbury- CF

Beltran- RF

McCann- C

Teixeira- 1B

Drew- 2B

Rodriguez- DH

Gregorious- SS

This breaks up the lefties as best you can, putting forth a lineup of L-S-L-S-L-S in the first six spots and then L-R-L in the bottom three. Yes, Rodriguez shouldn’t be hitting 8th behind Drew, but Torre did it almost ten years ago when he could really hit, so I don’t see the harm in it now.