All of a sudden the Yankees lineup looks and is performing like one of the best lineups in baseball.
This has happened not only as a result of the trades for Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo, but Luke Voit’s return and some other players playing better than they did earlier in the season. This has created a logjam of sorts that leaves questions as to who will be playing each day.
Giancarlo Stanton being able to play the outfield helps a ton and at full strength that is where he would play. The full strength lineup that should be run out there every day in the postseason should look something like this:
DJ LeMahieu, 2B
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Aaron Judge, CF
Joey Gallo, RF
Giancarlo Stanton, LF
Luke Voit, DH
Gary Sanchez, C
Gleyber Torres, SS
Gio Urshela, 3B
Anyone who has followed the Yankees in recent years will tell you that this is not what the lineup will look like every day. The team values rest. Stanton will not play the outfield every day. Rizzo might get some days off coming back from COVID-19 and based on matchup because of how good a hitter Voit is. Judge and Gallo will be given DH days to get them off their feet.
This type of thing has been a source of frustration for Yankees fans for a while, and very much so earlier in the season. The good thing is now with how much better the lineup is, they still are formidable whenever any of those players gets a rest day.
Would I like them to run out the Death Star lineup that I listed every day? Absolutely. That is just not a realistic thing for this era of baseball and with how the Yankees run things. I would bet that Aaron Boone is having conversations with these players each day to gauge how they are feeling and making an informed decision based on that.
I would be surprised to see more than one of Rizzo, Judge, Gallo, Stanton or Voit out of the lineup for any given game.
If they do not put out that lineup I listed for the postseason then there are valid complaints.
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