Say What? Pitcher David Phelps Batting 8th For Yankees
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — “Alright, hold on to your hat when I give you the Yankee lineup tonight, because you’re not going to understand it. Nor do I.” — Mike Francesa, May 8, 2013.
Drum roll, please…
Ladies and gentlemen, your Yankees lineup for Wednesday night in Colorado:
CF Brett Gardner
2B Robinson Cano
LF Vernon Wells
1B Lyle Overbay
RF Ichiro Suzuki
SS Jayson Nix
3B Chris Nelson
P David Phelps
C Austin Romine
No, that’s not a typo. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has starting pitcher David Phelps in the No. 8 spot for New York’s interleague tilt against the Rockies.
Rookie catcher Austin Romine will bat ninth, a spot traditionally reserved for hurlers — unless your manager happens to be Tony La Russa.
And it’s not like Phelps is great with the stick. He has zero — we repeat, zero — career at-bats.
The decision had many scratching their heads, including WFAN host Mike Francesa.
“You think the lineup has slipped?! Two-hundred million doesn’t buy you what it used to,” Francesa said.
UPDATE: Here’s Girardi’s pre-game explanation:
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