|D Jeter SS||.323||.367||.449|
|N Swisher RF||.257||.344||.454|
|A Rodriguez DH||.275||.356||.455|
|R Cano 2B||.301||.370||.537|
|R Martin C||.209||.313||.386|
|S Pearce 1B||.241||.320||.425|
|C Granderson CF||.234||.324||.479|
|A Jones LF||.205||.292||.414|
|J Nix 3B||.250||.306||.400|
They all have horrible-to-mediocre batting averages and on-base percentages, and only Curtis Granderson has a slugging percentage rising above that level.
When the bulk of the batting order resembles the lineup of the 1967 Yankees more than that of the 2009 powerhouse, mixing in some hit-and-runs is imperative. Girardi however has abandoned the hit-and-run throughout the team's ongoing offensive malaise.
Tonight was typical, alas - there were a few hit-and-run opportunities:
- In the 3rd inning, after A-Rod and Cano led off with walks.
- In the 4th, after Andruw Jones led off with a walk.
- In the 8th, when Andruw Jones walked with one out.
In all 3 cases there was no attempt to hit-and-run; in all 3 cases the runners ended up remaining at their stations, none of them scored. It makes one wonder if Girardi has cracked up and imagined Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig, and Graig Nettles were coming up instead of Martin, Pearce, and Nix.
It's not Girardi's fault that the front office has filled the roster with too much scrap. But it is his job to make the most of what he has; and for this bunch, that means taking occasional risks by mixing in some hit-and-runs.