Girardi Listened! A little while ago, I suggested that Girardi try Gardner at leadoff and Jeter in the second hole. Lo and behold, my calls have been answered (although he says it’s temporary – we’ll see about that)! Here’s why it makes sense: Gardner takes something like 4.5 pitches per plate appearance, the most on the Yankees. He’s also (obviously) a perfect leadoff hitter because of his .319 average and extraordinary speed. Jeter’s a career second hitter, and his patented inside out swing works well there. I like the move. We’ll see if it works tonight. I’ll be liveblogging for a bit!
Update 10:20 Three up, three down for both sides to open the game. 2 Ks for Vazquez, as he’s looking to bounce back from a rough outing.
Update 10:23 Very nice play by Coco Crisp to take away extra bases from Cano whose minislump continues.
Update 10:27 Swish doubles, and Granderson hits a two-out RBI triple. Yanks up 1-0.
Update 10:28 Cervelli with another 2-out RBI hit. That one was right back up the middle, and the Yanks are up 2-0. Feeling RISPy?
Update 11:00 Triple for Pennington, sac fly for Crisp, and it’s 2-1.
Update 11:19 Game has gotten pretty quiet. It’s a good thing Vazquez has performed well and avoided another big slide. 2-1 Yanks midway through.