Te Yankees need to start picking up some wins if they want to stay in the playoff race. The Toronto Blue Jays are a team they need to beat up, so after losing last night, they need to win the next two to win the series and stay in the race before they play an important series against the Baltimore Orioles. Tonight Andy Pettitte tries to continue his recent success and the Yankees throw out this lineup:
#Yankees lineup vs TOR: Gardner CF, Jeter SS, Cano 2B, Soriano LF, Rodriguez 3B, Granderson RF, Wells DH, Reynolds 1B, Stewart C, Pettitte P— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 27, 2013
Brett Gardner stays the leadoff hitter as Derek Jeter slides to second in the lineup. Robinson Cano, Alfonso Soriano in left fielder, and third baseman Alex Rodriguez make up the heart of the lineup. Curtis Granderson in right field, designated hitter Vernon Wells, Mark Reynolds, and Chris Stewart round out the rest of the Yankees offense.
This is a lineup that actually looks like a real Yankees lineup. The weakest part of the lineup is at catcher, as usual, and first base, since Mark Teixeira is out for the season. Other than that, they've upgraded significantly everywhere in the lineup.
Despite this being the worst Yankees team since Joe Girardi came in, people believe that this might be his best season as a manager. Jon Heyman believes there's almost a 100% chance that he keeps his job with the team and will sign a contract extension at the end of the season. He thinks only Don Mattingly of the Dodgers has a better chance of staying with his team. Walt Weiss of the Rockies, Terry Collins of the Mets, Ron Roenicke of the Brewers and John Gibbons of the Blue Jays all have an 80% or higher chance of staying with their respective team.