This Must Be The Best 2018 Yankees Lineup
So here you have it, ladies and gentlemen, (without considering matchups and/or forms), the 2018 Bomb Squad.
1. Didi Gregorius SS
2. Aaron Judge RF
3. Giancarlo Stanton DH
4. Greg Bird 1B
5. Gary Sanchez C
6. Miguel Andujar 3B
7. Aaron Hicks 3B
8. Brandon Drury 2B
9. Brett Gardner LF
First off, I contemplated Gardner to be the leadoff hitter as that seems to be the no brainer here. Of course, that is a solid pick - he gets on base, is a tough out, and therefore sets the tone for the rest of the team. He’s also the team captain, being the longest tenured Yankee in the team. That sets it up perfectly for him to leadoff, apart from the fact that he bats really really well in the first inning. That makes it the safest bet - but that’s not what we’re trying to do here. This is about creating the BEST Yankee lineup, possibly ever, from top to bottom. For the whole 9.
Which brings us to Sir Didi. Arguably the most clutch bat of this monster of a lineup. Because of his speed, he’s too good to bat 4th, 5th, or 6th, in my opinion. Having him there would also slide our best natural pure hitters off their RBI spots, i.e Bird, Sanchez and Andujar (Yes that Andujar. He’s THAT good already. Just book it). Of course, you could argue, that Didi belongs to this group as well. But as a leadoff, he’s got better speed threat than Gardner, and gets on base as good as Gardner as well. His bat is a bigger threat than Gardner too. And these are the reasons why he’s leading off for my Bomb Squad - an extra base hit guy with plus speed. Plus, as Gardner gets on base so well, having him hit last in this lineup creates a massive cyclical top down/bottoms up problem for opposing pitchers.
And the way I see it, he’s really leading off, just from the bottom. That would be the ultimate sacrifice of my captain, in order to create this Beast from the East.
Speaking of beasts.. Next up, Rookie of the Year, Face of the Franchise and our Future Aaron Judge. Yes, he’ll probably regress a little, or he’ll probably just takeoff a lot more. You know, now that that other beast, reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton is hitting behind him. For the next 10 years. Sorry, all baseballs, Red Sox baseballs, and all of baseball.
And then comes Greg Bird. That pure, sweet, swinging lefty just to give you that balance from all the monstrosity coming your way. Injury permits, God forbid. Arguably the best hitter of this lineup, according to many.
And then comes Gary Sanchez, el Gary of the Monster Kraken, a myth who surely will become another Yankee legend. Arguably, too, the best hitter in the lineup - also according to many.
Next comes Miguel Andujar, the next rookie of this embarrassingly rich Yankee farm system ready to pop in the big leagues. He can flat out hit, and in fact, has already proven that he can. Judging by how his name is brought up when discussing every Yankee trade, just put him out there already. He’s a no doubter in my opinion. So what if he struggles? We have the rock solid Ronald Torreyes to cover, he who always seems to produce consistently without a hint of complaint for more playing time. And of course, not to mention our best prospect, one of the best in the game, a future perennial All Star, that Gleyber Torres kid who can play anywhere in the infield but who we want to keep one more year, and develop further along while he recovers fully from a non throwing arm Tommy John surgery. It’s a little embarrassing.
And then Aaron Hicks, our much improved switch hitting newly minted Center Fielder with a cannon of an arm to keep runners at bay. Seriously, just put in Jacoby Ellsbury, just to be a litte ‘fair’ to everyone else. Or maybe give that red headed rookie monster with an improved legendary bat speed swing a chance. Honestly, you don’t think Hicks will be on his toes with all that going on behind him?
And then there’s Brandon Drury. What another solid timely under-the-radar pickup from Brian Cashman. Word is he’s another guy we’ll turn into another version of Didi Gregorious. Really. A blue-collar guy with a swing that our hitting coaches will no doubt improve as well? Talk about an embarrassment of riches.
Last, but not least, Brett Gardner, Captain America singing off into Yankee lore.
2018. Bombs Away!!!