The New York Yankees offense is in an abysmal state. Okay this isn't news to anyone that has watched the team in the playoffs in the last week. The Yankees have played two games in the American League Championship Series and scored just four runs. This from an offense that scored 804 runs in the regular season, good for second most in Major League Baseball. The offense has wasted two solid pitching performances and I think its time for a major lineup change.
I think instead of trying to hit a home run every time up it is time to use the little speed the Yankees have to their advantage. This requires taking Curtis Granderson out of center field and replacing him with Brett Gardner.
There are many players struggling in the Yankees lineup, but Granderson seems to be the most lost. He seems to swing at any ball that Detroit Tigers pitchers throw up to the plate. He may have even swung at a few beach balls that were bouncing around in the stand and he didn't make contact with them either.
Granderson had a career high 43 home runs during the regular season which was great, but those home runs mean nothing now. There was actually a time when he a threat to steal a base, but now he is as one dimensional as Adam Dunn. In seven games this postseason Granderson has 14 strikeouts. You don't need to be a mathematician to figure out that is two per game. He has a batting average of .115 with one run batted in. He simply is not getting it done.
I would also like to replace Nick Swisher, he of the .149 batting average over the last four postseason series, but I don't see an obvious replacement. Swisher has at least been able to make a little contact, while Granderson hasn't.
In Game 3 the Tigers will have their ace, Justin Verlander, on the mound. The Yankees will have to find a way to manufacture some runs and the best way to do that is to have Gardner lead off, Ichiro Suzuki bat second and Robinson Cano in the three hole.
If the Yankees lose Game 3 and go down 3-0 the series is all but over. I don't see this squad rallying like the 2004 Boston Red Sox did. Verlander isn't unbeatable, but the Yankees have to try a new game plan, because this one has proven to be quite ineffective.
Darren Pare is a third generation Yankees fan. The unique thing is that he lives in the middle of Red Sox nation, Maine, and has for all his life and that gives him a different perspective. You can follow him on Twitter @dpare71 or on Facebook.
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