#Yankees lineup vs TB: Gardner CF, Cano 2B, Wells LF, Hafner DH, Adams 3B, Ichiro RF, Nix SS, Overbay 1B, Romine C, Nuno P— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 25, 2013
The Yankees will face better competition than last night's starter Roberto Hernandez. Matt Moore currently has a 2.29 ERA and a 8.84 K/9, but has a 4.21 FIP and a 4.25 BB/9. The lineup might be depleted of its star power, but Moore won't be facing the D-list lineup he faced back in 2011 when he struck out 11 batters and everyone acted like it was impressive.
In 11 plate appearances Robinson Cano is hitting .444/.545/.778 against Moore, while Vernon Wells is hitting only .111/.200/.222 in 10 at bats. But that was the old Vernon Wells, the new Wells has a 135 wRC+ against lefties this season. The Yankees as a whole only have a 78 wRC+ against left-handers, though, so this could be a troublesome matchup.
Now that the Yankees have lost Curtis Granderson we are going to be treated to a lot more of Ichiro Suzuki in the outfield. Brennan Boesch has been called up, but he probably won't get any more playing time than he had before. Ichiro is hitting .238/.276/.327 on the year and Boesch was hitting .179/.343/.214 in his brief stay at Scranton. Meanwhile, Thomas Neal is hitting an astounding .333/.500/.424 and Zoilo Almonte is hitting .266/.347/.391, both at Triple-A. It's amazing that neither of them will get a call up, even though Ben Francisco doesn't actually do anything.
Apparently, Joe Girardi doesn't even know Francisco is still on the roster:
"I've got to talk to [GM Brian Cashman] to see what we're going to do," he said. "Right now we only have three outfielders. I'm not afraid to put [Jayson Nix] out there; I'm not afraid to do that. But you probably need another outfielder."
Reminded that he has, in fact, four outfielders -- Ben Francisco -- Girardi said, "Oh yeah, Francisco. Four. So disregard what I said."
Sadly, Ronnier Mustelier is only hitting .247/.281/.329
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