Eye of the Hurricane

March 21, 2011

Gardner vs. Jeter

Filed under: Uncategorized — jaclynglm @ 9:24 pm

Technically speaking, Derek Jeter is a better hitter than Brett Gardner, no?  So then would you want to put your less talented player ahead in the hitters lineup?  This is a question being asked by Yankees’ fans all up and down the East Coast.  It’s not to say that Gardner hasn’t proved himself for a time last season, but that time was fleeting.  The second half of the season proved to be a struggle for Gardner to say the least.

Well here are a few reasons I’ve come up with why he would be a better candidate to start before Jeter-

Gardner’s got a lot more speed than Jeter, so if he’s up at bat first and can at least get on base, Jeter can move him along and put him in a scoring position.

Based on Gardner’s stats from the 2010 season, he had the highest amount of pitches at bat of all the players in the Major League so the chances of him getting on base, even if just by a walk, are extremely high.  Once on first, he will be able to manage getting around to home.  Last season Gardner had stolen 47 bases and had an OBP of .383 compared to Jeter’s 18 stolen bases and an OBP of .340.  These stats alone speak for themselves but aren’t even the main point.  Gardner had 79 walks last season compared to Jeter’s 63.  So knowing that Gardner has a good chance of at least getting on base, there is also a very good chance that Jeter will be able to push him forward. 

Putting Gardner ahead of Jeter could only put the Yankees at an advantage because behind him, it would be more difficult to steal a base and Jeter wouldn’t be able to pick up for his slack at bat.


1 Comment »

  1. You typically put your fastest guy with a high OBP to lead off. Considering Gardner tops Jeter substantially in both of these criteria, it seems like the right decision. With Tex, Cano, and A-Rod coming up behind these guys in the lineup, it ultimately won’t make that big of a difference.

    Comment by eadeutsch — March 21, 2011 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

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