When last I left you, dear audience, the Yankees looked quite a bit different. Then, they made trades for Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo, tops among others, like Joley Rodriguez, Andrew Heaney, and Clay Holmes. Shockingly devoid of left-handed power before the deadline, the Yankees fixed it with their southpaw hitting headliners. Now, it’s time to maximize them to turn around what has been a moribund offense.
Part of the Yankees’ offensive woes has been a lack of balance. Now with two big lefty hitters, some will be restored. Rizzo and Gallo will make it harder for right-handed relievers to exploit the Yankee lineup for long stretches, at least at the top. They’ll also likely be able to take advantage of Yankee Stadium, something this year’s lineup, by virtue of being so right handed, hasn’t fully been able to do. Aside from helping balance things out, Rizzo and Gallo are just good players. They’re marked improvements for the spots they’re taking.
While the Yankees have players like Gallo in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton and a slugging first baseman like Rizzo in Luke Voit, the Yankees have done something that we, specifically Randy, have advocated for time and time again: just get the best players and let the rest sort itself out. The Yankees were trying to avoid any potential logjam by looking to trade Voit, but that didn’t happen. Now, the Yankees have to find a way–how horrible a problem to have!–to fit Voit back in when he’s healthy. Utilizing him and the rest of the lineup properly will propel the Yankees to success and, hopefully, the playoffs.
So, how should they do it? The answer is simple, and one that we saw in Miami: Stanton in the outfield and Judge and/or Gallo in center field. When Voit returns, this is what the lineup should look like on a nightly basis:
- DJ LeMahieu, 2B
- Aaron Judge, CF/RF
- Joey Gallo, CF/RF/LF
- Giancarlo Stanton, LF/RF
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Luke Voit, DH
- Gio Urshela, 3B
- Gary Sanchez, C
- Gleyber Torres, SS
There is a lot of outfield flexibility here and this improves the Yankee defense. Both Rizzo and Gallo are among the tops at their respective positions and likely improvements over what the Yankees had there. Additionally, it allows DJLM to play second full time, increasing his defensive value.
All of Judge, Gallo, Stanton, Rizzo, Voit, and even Sanchez can rotate in and out of the DH spot and the nice thing is that no matter whose turn it happens to be to sit, there’s still someone strong in his place. How often has that not been the case for the Yankees this year?
Finally, it seems that the Yankees are following the Dodgers model that we’ve–again, especially Randy–called for. Put talent on the field, put the best players out there and roll with it. Given that the Yankees are in striking position for a playoff spot, this is a necessity, not a luxury.