Found October 09, 2012 on hardballchat.com:
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The New York Yankees did their job against the Baltimore Orioles in the 2012 ALDS by taking one of the road games. But if New York has any plans of advancing past the first round of the MLB Playoffs, they may need to adjust their batting order, most notably, dropping Alex Rodriguez down at least a few spots.Rodriguez may be the highest paid player in the game today, but he is nowhere near the most productive. Not even close. Not only is he not the best in the game, he may not even be one of the top five on his own team.And I am not talking about Rodriguez not being one of the top five players on the Yankees.I am talking about him not even being one of the five best hitters on his own team.Since they can’t drop him completely, it is time to move him down in the lineup.Rodriguez is no longer a bonafide No. 3 hole hitter. He strikes out far too often, hits into too many key double plays and flies out weakly more than a No. 3 hitter can afford to do and still help his team. Rodriguez has hurt the Yankees to the point that they could easily be up two games to none had they gotten anything out of him. He is just 1-for-9 to begin the 2012 MLB Postseason.The Yankees are all set with Derek Jeter leading off and Ichiro Suzuki batting behind him. That works. Robinson Cano could slide up to the No. 3 spot, although I would prefer to keep him in the clean up spot. He may strike out a lot, but I would move Curtis Granderson up to the third spot in the lineup.After Cano at four, Mark Teixeira is fine, although he needs to look more like he did last night than he did down the stretch this season. This is where Rodriguez could fit. Either he or Nick Swisher could be sixth and the other can hit seventh. After all, both have been horrible in their last handful of playoff games.Russell Martin and Raul Ibanez or Eduardo Nunez can round out the starting nine for the Yankees, depending on whether New York is facing a right or left handed pitcher.But Rodriguez needs to be dropped in the lineup. Not just for the sake of the Yankees, but even for his own well being at this point. Returning back to Yankee Stadium for game 3 should be a pressure cooker for Rodriguez if he continues to disappoint with runners on base. Drop him down to sixth or seventh and the fans would not be able to get on him quite as much.Either way, something has to change, or the Yankees could suffer the same disappointing fate that they have the past couple of years, which is an early ousting. The post MLB Playoffs: New York Yankees Need To Drop Alex Rodriguez And Change Batting Order In ALDS For Game 3 appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.
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